The 9th Meeting of the UNU-EHS Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability was held in Bogor, Indonesia, from 12–16 July 2012. The focus of the meeting, jointly organized and hosted by UNU-EHS and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), was “Development pathways for urban and rural coastal zones”.
Experts from France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the USA, the UK and Vietnam explored challenges for risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal zones. In particular, participants discussed and evaluated present and future development pathways for urban and rural coastal zones in Indonesia, and the consequences for risk accumulation and climate change adaptation.
A scientific workshop and “write shop” focused on new research challenges, such as the development of future scenarios for vulnerability and risk, the limits of adaptation, and the role of ecosystem services in coastal zones and between urban and rural areas.
An excursion to low-lying coastal areas of Jakarta illustrated the massive challenges for risk reduction and climate change adaptation — due not only to increasing natural hazards or sea level rise but also to land subsidence and social vulnerability.
The overall goal of the UNU-EHS Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability is to promote the advancement of the concept of human security regarding vulnerability of societies to hazards of natural origin.
For more information about the meeting, including the workshop programme, see the meeting report on the UNU-EHS website.