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Tsunami‐resilient communities' development in Indonesia through educative actions: Lessons from the 26 December 2004 tsunami

Julie Morin (Association Planet Risk, Montgeron, France and GéoSciences Réunion, Université de la Réunion, UMR 7154 IPGP‐CNRS, Saint Denis, France)
Benjamin De Coster (Association Planet Risk, Montgeron, France)
Raphaël Paris (Association Planet Risk, Montgeron, France)
François Flohic (Association Planet Risk, Montgeron, France)
Damien Le Floch (Association Planet Risk, Montgeron, France)
Franck Lavigne (Association Planet Risk, Montgeron, France and Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne & Laboratoire de Géographie Physique UMR 8591 CNRS, Meudon, France)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 20 June 2008




Following the 26 December 2004 tsunami, Planet Risk NGO took part in the international research program TSUNARISK and ATIP‐CNRS Jeune Chercheur. The aim of this paper is to encourage the development of tsunami‐resilient communities essentially through educative actions.


The tsunami risk in Indonesia was assessed by researchers. Planet Risk then used scientific findings and advice for building adapted prevention actions among Javanese populations.


Many people could have survived if they had received a basic knowledge of tsunamis. The Indonesian public as well as local authorities must be educated to face tsunami risk. To be efficient, this education must be adapted to local cultural and geographical characteristics. Collaboration between researchers and practitioners is a good means of reaching such an objective.


The paper is the result of a two‐year successful collaboration between interdisciplinary scientific teams and an NGO team. It demonstrates that an efficient prevention scheme can be implemented through this kind of collaboration. To the authors' knowledge it is the first time that such tsunami education programmes have been led in Indonesia.



Morin, J., De Coster, B., Paris, R., Flohic, F., Le Floch, D. and Lavigne, F. (2008), "Tsunami‐resilient communities' development in Indonesia through educative actions: Lessons from the 26 December 2004 tsunami", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 430-446.



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