From 14-15 March the UNU-led TWIN-SEA Project — the “Expert Network and Twinning Institute on Climate and Societal Change for Southeast Asia” — organised its Third International Workshop. Co-organised by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, the event brought together around 50 participants from academia and research institutions, Indonesian local and national government, the German and Indonesian private sectors, and international and non-government organisations.
Led by the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), TWIN-SEA develops adaptation solutions for coastal areas in Indonesia and South-East Asia at risk from natural hazards and climate change impacts. The annual workshop provides a platform to present and discuss research findings and practical adaptation solutions developed and tested by TWIN-SEA network partners.
The meeting’s keynote speakers delivered perspectives from the front line of current scientific debates around risk and resilience in Indonesia and Germany. Participants addressed topics ranging from how to support and improve science-based government decision-making surrounding impacts of climate change and disaster, to the role and capacity of the private sector in tackling the challenges of coastal adaptation.
Workshop participants also went on a series of field visits including Mutiara Beach to observe large-scale coastal reclamation, and Tanjung Priok, a massive sea port development project to be finished in 2023 that is being constructed in response to the president’s plan to build an Indonesian sea toll road.
Looking ahead, the workshop participants identified emerging research needs and how the TWIN-SEA network might address them, developed next year’s strategy for science-policy dialogue and outreach material, and discussed additional platforms for strengthening the collaboration between Indonesian and German partner institutions.
For more details and a full workshop programme, visit the UNU-EHS website.