German Federal Chancellor learns more about German-Indonesian cooperation

Greman chancellor Merkel looking at a project, surrounded by a group of people

Picture: BMKG/Tiar Prasetya

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Indonesia on 10 and 11 July, and during her trip she took time to find out more about German-Indonesian cooperation in the field of research and technology.

On a tour of the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Merkel was 'very impressed' by the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System InaTEWS, which receives support from the German Government. 

Germany is also supporting Indonesia in adapting to the impacts of climate change, as Sri Woro, head of BMKG, pointed out during the visit. The DATACLIM project funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI), for example, is engaged in producing a climate information system to aid adaptation to climate change. This involves the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) advising and training the project partner BMKG on acquiring and recovering historical climate data, data processing and ensuring data quality. A delegation from BMKG visited Germany from 3 to 11 July 2012 as part of the project. At Germany’s National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the delegation found out more about the archiving and digitisation of historical climate data. Such climate data provides the basis for the climate information system to aid adaptation to climate change that is currently under development. DATACLIM is advising the Indonesian meteorological service on the design and implemenation of the system. The information system is intended to provide both basic information about the climate and information for specific sectors, such as agriculture or water management. To achieve this, the project is working with BMKG and representatives of various sectors in a number of dialogue processes to identify the relevant information needs within each sector. 

Better knowledge of climatic conditions and trends will enable Indonesia to plan its adaptation measures with greater precision and on a more sustainable basis. This will help to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and the associated economic losses in areas such as agriculture, water and health, and the impact on coastal zones.