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As weather patterns intensify and become increasingly unpredictable, cities in Indonesia are regularly faced with the challenge of anticipating and responding to extreme weather events. A lack of access to verified, real-time data compromises abilities to make informed, evidence-based decisions concerning planning and response - resulting in ineffective resource management, confusion and conflict.
PetaBencana.id is a free web-based platform, that supports the residents of Indonesia in reducing risk from disasters and increasing emergency response times, by providing free real-time disaster information and transparent communication between residents and government agencies. The platform produces real-time flood maps using both crowd-sourced reporting & government agency validations in real-time. As part of a transparent two-way communication system, government emergency management agencies monitor the platform to assess the disaster situation, respond to resident needs, & update the map with time-critical information in order to alert residents to the severity of the flood. By enabling reliable communication between users and government agencies, the platform promotes civic co-management as a form of megacity climate change adaptation. By approaching flood management from a holistic view that includes ICT and public utilities for flood reporting, the platform develops holistic disaster risk management across multiple levels and actors, in line with SDG 11b. The platform supports SDG 13: by coordinating communities, raising awareness, and promoting behavioural change in response to the impact of emergency events, the platform has strengthened resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards, improved recovery efforts, and facilitated greater cooperation before, during, and after emergencies.