Life in a Dangerous Situation
by Yuli Nugroho (Indonesia Fellow Year 2005-2006)
Compared to the other four site visits of API Regional Project, RP Kali Code had several ‘advantages’. Its urban location meant that there was no logistical or transportation problems and participants staying at a hotel nearby could access all sites. Conducted after the Mt. Merapi eruption, the site visit gave participants a chance to watch firsthand how the cold lava flood could cause damage to a community and wreak havoc to lives and livelihoods.
Yogyakarta being a university city, participants also got to meet experts from various sectors – academics, NGO activists, government officials, etc. Since 2011 was also an election year for the mayor of Yogyakarta, the visit also became a platform for candidates to push their political agendas. Consequently, Kali Code communities found it easy to invite and meet government officials.
The RP Kali Code site visit was held within 10 days between February 13 and 22, 2011. After a warm welcome by the City Tourism Office of Yogyakarta on Sunday February 13, the participants were introduced the next day to the development and general problems of Kali Code through a half-day seminar on “River and Environment Management Yogyakarta”.
The third day was a field visit of the Mt.Merapi area, taking in the head water as well as understanding the management of the Mt. Merapi National Park. The visit continued to the Indian Ocean where Kali Code empties into the sea as the Opak River.
From the third to sixth day the participants divided into three groups – north, center and south – and visited the corresponding communities along the river. Each area has its own characteristics and problems. However all participants went together when they visited some important resource persons particularly from government offices and universities.
On the seventh day, participants came together to share their findings in a workshop. Foreign participants also share experiences from their own countries regarding water and river management.
But the big achievement of RP Kali Code was the signing of MoU on the Planning and Revitalization of Kali Code on February 21, 2011 by all parties concerned: (1) Directorate of Research and Community Service, Indonesian Islamic University (UII) Yogyakarta; (2) Institute of Research and Community Service, Yogyakarta Technological University (UTY); (3) Institute of Research and Community Service, Atma Jaya University – Yogyakarta (UAJY); (4) Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University (UGM); and (5) Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Community – Indonesia. The signing of this MoU was witnessed by Drs. H. Haryadi Suyuti (Deputy Mayor of Yogyakarta City) and Ir. Tri Harjun Ismaji, M.Sc. (Provincial Secretary of Yogyakarta).
The parties agreed to collaborate with the Pemerti Kali Code (Yogyakarta Code Community Forum) within the framework of Planning and Revitalization of Kali Code, which will encompass the following: (1) enhancing the institutional capacity of the Pemerti Kali Code, (2) mapping and disaster mitigation-based spatial planning, (3) drafting of community-based Kali Code Master Plan, and (4) community empowerment of Kali Code community in social, economic and cultural fields.
As Yogyakarta is also well known as a cultural city, Indonesia Regional Project Working Group (RPWG) introduced two popular Javanese cultural phenomena, namely wayang kulit (puppet show) and Ramayana dance, which was performed in the evening. Almost all the places visited offered a song or a dance to welcome the participants. In collaboration with The Nippon Foundation (TNF), RP Kali Code also made some donation to the victims of cold lava floods.
Eight non-Indonesia API Fellows participated in RP Kali Code, namely: Tomoko Momiyama (Japan Fellow Year 2003-2004), Michi Tomioka (Japan Fellow Year 2006-2007), Glecy Atienza (Philippines Fellow Year 2006-2007), Isagani A. F. Yuzon (Philippines Fellow Year 2003-2004), Rosalie A. Hall (Philippines Fellow 2004-2005), Kokaew Wongphan (Thailand, Fellow Year 2004-2005), Olarn Ongla (Thailand Fellow Year 2007-2008) and Said Halim Said Nong (Malaysia Fellow Year 2005-2006). Most of them conducted their API research in Indonesia; hence their participation in RP Kali Code was like a reunion and re-visit.
The group was joined by Theresita V. Atienza (Philippines Fellow Year 2005-2006) and Yeoh Seng Guan (Malaysia Fellow Year 2005-2006) as Regional Project Management Team (RPMT), Dicky Sofjan (Indonesia Fellow Year 2007-2008) as Regional Project Manager (RPM), Nick Deocampo (Philippines Fellow Year 2001-2002) and his documentary team, and Justine Vaz Tan (Malaysia) as RP book editor. Prof. Dr. Taufik Abdullah and Prof. Dr. John Haba from API Indonesia Partner Institution (PI) based at LIPI also joined us and visited the Sultan as well, in the hope that as Governor, he would collaborate with the RP Kali Code participants. Michiko Yoshida from API Coordinating Institution (CI) and Shota Nakayasu from TNF also joined in this site visit.
With the site visit completed, the Indonesia RPWG plans to produce a country book on the experience of RP Kali Code from the perspectives of Fellows, communities, and government officers. This project will be led by Pande K. Trimayuni (Indonesia Fellow Year 2001-2002). In addition, plans are underway to conduct capacity building to PKC and stakeholders meeting particularly to follow up on the MoU that had been signed on February 21, 2011.
“the site visit gave participants a chance to watch firsthand how the cold lava flood could cause damage to a community…”
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