By Dyah Kusuma Dewi and Titan Roskusumah
JAKARTA – The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Geology Agency has made a significant achievement.
The PVMBG won the first Volcano Surveillance and Crisis Management Award from the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI), presented by the IAVCEI president Donald Bruce Dingwell in Napoli, Italy, on Sept. 7.
It the first volcanology institution to win the prestigious award from the IAVCEI for its accomplishments in volcanic crises monitoring and handling.
The head of the judging panel, Jacob Lowenstern, extended his appreciation to the PVMBG for the center’s ability in handling the risks of volcanoes spread across Indonesia with limited resources.
“Working with limited resources to handle volcanic risks in Indonesia, the PVMBG has made great progress and must be proud of its achievements,” Lowenstern said.
Meanwhile, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan also appreciated the PVMBG’s achievement and hoped that the center could improve further in the future.
“I would like to congratulate the PVMBG on its achievement. We give our full support. It is an achievement that we can be very proud of. It proves that the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has provided the best for natural resources management, including protecting the people from geological disasters, particularly volcanoes,” Jonan said.
Geology Agency head Rudy Suhendar who received the award also expressed his appreciation for the PVMBG’s dedication to protecting and serving the Indonesian people.
“Congratulations to my colleagues in the PVMBG for their international-scale achievements in protecting the people from volcanic disasters. This award shall spark up their spirit. They will not stop performing their duty of protecting and serving the community,” he concluded.
Rudy added that the award also served as an encouragement for the PVMBG to increase its dedication to the public in the future.
The Volcano Surveillance and Crisis Management Award is bestowed on a volcanology institution that has shown extraordinary efforts in monitoring and handling volcanoes crises. Indonesia’s PVMBG was named by the IAVCEI committee as the world’s first volcanology institution to receive the award.
Six volcanology institutions met the criteria to win the award. Following an assessment and survey participated by international volcanology experts and media practitioners, the judging committee named Indonesia as the award recipient.