The tsunami of 26 December 2004 in Indonesia had a devastating impact on Aceh. More than 160,000 people lost their lives and more than 500,000 people lost their houses and livelihoods. Most of the infrastructure located in the impact zone was completely gone, including houses, roads, schools, clinics and public buildings.
As a reaction the Agency for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for Aceh and Nias was established to assist local governments in coordinating and facilitating the recovery.
Sea Defence Consultants
As part of Sea Defence Consultants, our primary development objective was to put in place a strategy for sea defence, flood protection, escape infrastructure and early warning system, linked to a national early warning system (EWS), and to make detailed designs of such systems.
The Sea Defence project consists of the following components:
- coastal protection
- flood protection and urban drainage
- early warning system and escape facilities
- Basin Water Management including Flood Risk Management
- urban sanitation, modelled after the national Indonesia Sanitation Sector Program ISSDP
- Climate Change Proofing of SDC proposed works
Multi stakeholder approach
In this project we closely cooperated with a variety of local and international organisations and institutions like the Tsunami & Disaster Mitigation Research Centre (as part of Syiah Kuala University), Indonesia Red Cross and other NGO’s.