The involvement and cooperation of many parties related to disaster mitigation has become a major issue in the International Conference on Environmental Sciences which was held by the Postgraduate of Environmental Science Study Program of Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP), Thursday to Friday (November 15 to 16).
The International Conference on Environmental Sciences (ICES) which took themed "Disaster Mitigation, Environmental, and Sustainable Development" was opened by the Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri who was represented by Vice-Rector II of UNP, Syahril, Ph.D. The conference presented 126 papers from various speakers local and abroad.
"The Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri said his appreciation to the Environmental Science Study Program which was held an international conference in order to respond to the condition of Indonesia which some time ago had experienced an earthquake and tsunami in Palu with more than 2,200 people dead and more than 68,000 building damaged," Vice-Rector II of UNP, Syahril, Ph.D., said at the opening of the conference on the Auditorium Building of UNP.
The Rector hoped that this conference is not only become a forum for experts and environmental practitioners on doing discussion on disaster mitigation, but also can be medium in developing the creative education in facing the challenges of the time in the era of globalization.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of the conference, Prof. Eri Berlian explained that besides presenting 126 speakers, ICES also was presenting keynote speakers from various disciplines on local and foreign. Among of them are Dr. Marlina Lubis (from the Ministry of Environment), Simone Maynard, Ph.D., H (Australia Consultant for Environment), Dr. Inrajit PAL (from Thailand), Dr. Jose M Reguney (from University of Philipines), and the Head of Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Program, Dr. Indang Dewata.
The honorary invitation on the conference were the Chairman of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Studies and the members of the Association of Environmental Sciences Study Program (PEPSILI), because at the momentum of the International Conference, the 24th BKPSL’s National Seminar was also held.
Furthermore, Indang Dewata explained that natural disasters will always be a part of human life. Natural disasters cannot be prevented. However, it can only be mitigated by minimize the victims and ensure the sources that will support the rise of the disaster areas.
"There is a need of cooperation on disaster mitigation. Some of these can be done by strengthening cooperation related to the early warning mechanisms, building disaster-resilient infrastructure, and funding for post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Indang Dewata said that the involvement and cooperation of many parties for disaster mitigation needs the involving of the government as a regulator and policy makers, environmental scientists, and broader community.
The first day activity will be filled by three sessions and ended with BKPLS Seminar while on the second day will be filled by the two parallel session and ended with the meeting of PEPSILI and BKPLS and on the Saturday (November 17), participants will travel to the Mandeh area.
Indang added that in the ICES, the results of the research from international expert on mitigation and disaster management, and other environmental issues would be conveyed in the front of hundreds of participants who came from all over area in Indonesia. (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by: Shilva Lioni)