First International Workshop on “Climate and Societal Change in Coastal Areas in Indonesia and South East Asia”

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First International Workshop on

“Climate and Societal Change in Coastal Areas in Indonesia and South East Asia”

Date: February 19 – 21, 2014

Venue: Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 86, Jakarta

ORGANIZERS
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Franzius-Institute for Hydraulic, Waterways and Coastal Engineering University of Hannover (FI), and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

BACKGROUND
This event is the first workshop of the international workshop series in the scope of the TWIN-SEA Project: “Expert network and twinning institute on climate and societal change for South-east Asia”. The project aims at establishing an expert network as well as a intitutional partnership in Southeast Asia to improve Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) strategies. It focuses on the analysis of coastal communities and to identify best practice examples and low regret measures in the context of risk reduction and climate change adaptaion.Particular attention will be paid to the relation of DRR and CCA options to devalopment pathways.

The project is funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in scope of the program for the establishment of joint research structures of German universities with partners in Asian Pasific Research Area. And Expert network in Southeast Asia, with an institutional node in Indonesia, will be established in cooperation with additional German research institutes and universities in order to systematicallly improve the German-Indonesian research and development cooperation in this field. Important framework conditions for the creation of the expert network are already in place. UNU-EHS and LIPI have sigend a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012 and the FI has already signed partnering contract with RISTEK in 2007, emphasizing common interest in the field of human security and environmental change such as climate change.

OBJECTIVE OF THE WORKSHOP
The objective of the first workshop is to outline the state-of-the-art of the assessment of current and future coastal hazards and vulnerability patterns in South East Asia and Indonesia, specifacally as well as their linkages with adaptation.

The following guiding questions will be addressed :

  • What are and how to identify and assess current and future coastal hazards in the context of climate change in Indonesia and South East Asia ?
  • What are and how to analyze and evaluate present and future vulnerability patters in selected coastal zones in Indonesia and South East Asia ?
  • How to develop scenarios for vulnerability and inter-related, diffrent risk profiles at sub-national and local level ?
  • How can we use hazard and vulnerability information to develop effective “low-regret” adapatation measures ?

By identifying research gaps and needs related with those questions, the workshop will explore potential joint pilot activities in Indonesia.

EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS
The workshop will gather scientific experts as well as policy makers/practitioners from the governmental agencies, non governmental organizations, and research institutes working in the field of vulnerability, risk, and coastal management at the international, national, and local levels, in the South East Asian context, especially Indonesia.

THEMES AND OUTLINE OF THE PROGRAM
The workshop be structured along the following themes:

  • climate variability and change with regard to coastal areas;
  • vulnerability assessment and development pathways of coastal communities in the coastal urban and peri-urban context;
  • adapatation options and challanges.

Feb 19, 2014 – Introduction of the TWIN-SEA expert network join structure, presentations and discussions on the stat-of-the-art of hazard and vulnerability assessment methodologies in the context of Indonesia and South of East Asia.

Feb 20, 2014 – Presentation and discussions on the state-of-the-art of the existing studies on hazard and vulnerability, and actual challanges for climate change adaptation in the context of Indonesia and South East Asia.

Feb 21, 2014 – Field excursion to case study areas/in-depth discutssion on specific case studies

Feb 22, 2014 – Working group discussions to explore emerging issues on various themes, formulation of research agenda and recomendations, identification of joint pilot activities.

Feb 23, 2014 – Closed meeting of the core TWIN-SEA expert network team

PARTICIPATION
Participation is possible firstly by invitation, however interested experts may also apply by sending their CV and a short abstract of their relevant works to Neysa Setiadi : setiadi@ehs.unu.edu and Dr. Torsten Welle: welle@ehs.unu.edu. Submission deadline is December 15, 2013

JURNAL PUBLICATIONS
A number of presented papers/joint papers based on the discussion results will be considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed international journal.

For futher information please contact

PD. Dr-Ing. Joern Birkmann : birkmann@ehs.unu.edu.

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