The Indonesian government planted trees at Mertasari Beach, Denpasar, Bali, on Tuesday as a symbolic move to reduce the risk of disasters. This was part of a 10 million tree movement which was conducted simultaneously in 34 provinces.
After volcanic eruptions, communities are encouraged to “build back better”. But is it possible to build back safer, and if so, how? What steps can be taken to develop resilience, when the concepts of “safer” and “better” are hardly quantifiable?