07.08.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

International Training Course on Coastal Ecohydrology launched in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Across the world, the rate of population growth in coastal areas is increasing. Coupled with increased coastal tourism, the impacts of climate change and the growing size and number of coastal megacities, pressures on the coastal environment are higher than ever.

If the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved, new approaches to coastal sustainability must be developed and applied. Ecohydrology – one of six themes under UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) - has the potential to make a significant contribution in this regard. Ecohydrology uses the understanding of relationships between hydrological and biological processes at different scales to improve water security, enhance biodiversity and further opportunities for sustainable development by lessening ecological threats and maximizing greater harmony within catchment processes.

On 6 August 2018, a five-day intensive international training course on coastal ecohydrology was launched in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The event brought together water managers, government officials, and researchers from countries of Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, as well as representatives of Indonesian national and local-level planning and resource management agencies.

Hosted by the Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology (APCE, Indonesia), and jointly organized with the International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology (ICCE, Portugal) with the support of the IHP Secretariat and the UNESCO Office Jakarta, the event combines lectures, field investigations, laboratory work and presentation sessions. The intensive five-day programme concludes on Friday 10 August, and is delivered and facilitated by trainers from ICCE and the University of Algarve in Portugal, APCE, and the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The training course was formally opened by the Deputy Chairman of Earth Science for LIPI and Chair of the Indonesian IHP National Committee, Dr. Zainal Arifin, on behalf of the Chairman of LIPI. The opening of the event also served to launch the book “APCE best learning - pengelolaan sumber daya air” (APCE best learning in water resources management), developed through a collaborative effort by APCE and the University of Gadjah Mada.

The training continues throughout the week, providing participants with a working understanding of the estuarine and coastal ecohydrology processes as well as discussing an integrated approach to ecohydrology and economic valuation of the ecohydrology solutions.

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