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Indonesia, Australia Government & World Bank release new disaster mapping software

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and the Australian Government, through the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction and the World Bank - Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (World Bank-GFDRR) have recently released a new version of software that can predict the social and human impact of natural disasters.


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At the launch of the Indonesian Scenario Assessment for Emergencies or InaSAFE 2.0, a free and open source software, the Head of BNPB Dr Syamsul Maarif said that the tools will help improve disaster preparedness in Indonesia by providing a new way to combine scientific hazard information and community knowledge on disaster risk.

“It enables production of realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response training activities, by incorporating a range of natural hazard information, such as earthquake, volcanoes, tsunami or flood; and exposure data, such as the spatial distribution of population, roads or critical infrastructure,” he said.

Australia’s Minister-Counsellor for Development Cooperation in Indonesia, Jean-Bernard Carrasco, said InaSAFE 2.0 includes the ability to work with road data, including a capability to download roads maps directly from the online mapping tool OpenStreetMap (OSM). The new functions could help when planning possible evacuation and emergency response routes.

“With the help of Australian Government agency Geoscience Australia and the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction, over 1.3 million buildings in Indonesia have already been mapped in OSM and this data is being incorporated into InaSAFE”, said Carrasco.

The updated software is compatible with the free and open source Geographic Information System QGIS 2.0, and allows users to import spatial data from remote sources and create custom impact map templates.

The World Bank-GFDRR is facilitating use of InaSAFE across the world in Africa and to countries such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

InaSAFE 2.0 is free and open source software that provides disaster managers around the world with a simple but rigorous tool for evidence-based disaster planning.

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In June 2013, The Philippine Department of Science and Technology announced plans to adopt InaSAFE to its Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazard project.

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