The Swiss Vice President who is also the head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard paid an official working visit to BMKG on 30th March 2016.
Dr. Andi Eka Sakya, the Director General of the Agency of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG) stated that the visit was to review the potential benefiting collaboration between BMKG and the Swiss Government. “Through the cooperation in CATCOS (Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing System), Indonesia and Switzerland have agreed to continue to improve the accuracy of measuring greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dr. Sakya.
CATCOS is a joint project that was initiated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, with MeteoSwiss as its coordinating partner. The project goal is to improve capacity in measuring the rising level of greenhouse gas emissions and Aerosol in some countries which have data gaps. CATCOS also plays a role in supporting the process of analyzing extreme weather events such haze caused by forest fires that occurs almost every year in Indonesia.
Activities conducted through this project include installation of two instruments to monitor level of aerosol (Nephelometer Model Aurora 3000 EcotechInc) and black carbon (Aethelometer Model AE31 Magee SciInc) in Bukit Kototabang in June 2012, and sending BMKG’s staff from GAW Station in Bukit Kototabang to join the CATCOS Aerosol Data Workshop in Viligen, Switzerland in January 2013.
“I would like to compliment BMKG for the very professional work they are doing here. With all this latest and up front modern technology, their work is very important for all population of Indonesia. With climate change and also the use of the energy resources which have a greenhouse effect, this situation is being more difficult in the future. So BMKG work is becoming more important. We hope CATCOS can contribute to the future needs of Indonesia and BMKG and can help prevent people from all disasters. Switzerland will continue to support BMKG via the CATCOS Project” said Vice President Leuthard.