With approximately 17,000 islands and extensive coastlines, Indonesia is one of the most at-risk countries with respect to natural hazards, including coastal erosion, inundation, storm surges and tsunamis. Several ministries, including Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), are considering ecosystem-based solutions and programmes for disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) and climate change adaptation. Currently, MMAF has programmes on coastal protection that involve mangrove and coastal forests as well as combining grey (e.g., sea walls) and green (e.g., mangrove ecosystems) infrastructure through hybrid engineering to combat eroded coastlines.
To further build capacity surrounding Eco-DRR and climate change adaptation, the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) co-organised an introductory training course from 11–13 May in Jakarta, Indonesia for MMAF staff and collaborating stakeholders based throughout the country. The course was organised at the request of MMAF and featured sessions, group exercises and scenario planning led by experts from UNU-EHS, the UN Environment Programme and the EcoShape Consortium.
For more information on the training course and its topics, visit the UNU-EHS website.