16.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

LIPI presents the outline of its research on Social Impacts of Climate Change in Indonesia

LIPI research team during the presentation of the research outline in the seminar held in Bogor.

Jakarta, 14 May 2014. On 12 May 2014, LIPI, the Indonesian Institute of Science, presented the outline of the research they are conducting on social impacts of environmental changes in Indonesia in a Research Design Seminar held in Bogor, Java.

This research is part of the project entitled "A sustainable future: Supporting Indonesia's Strategies to Address the Social Implications of Climate Change" which funded by the Government of Indonesia and co-led by UNESCO and LIPI. It aims to promote discussion and awareness of the social dimensions of climate change, and to adjust the legal and institutional architecture in order to facilitate swifter action on the part of the competent authorities.

LIPI presented the outline of the research they will be conducting for this purpose. Irene Gayatri Hiraswari, MA, presented the research her team has been carrying on “The Politics of Actors in Climate Change Policy in Bali”, followed by a presentation by Gutomo Bayu Aji, S. Sos., who exposed the work conducted on “Development and Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector”. Rusli Cahyadi, MA, presented his work on “Climate Field School as Adaptation Strategy for Climate Change in Manado North Sulawesi” and, Ary Wahyono, M.Si., shared the research conducted on the forth pillar of this project: “Social Vulnerability and Food Security in Eastern Lombok Coastal Communities as Climate Change Impacts”. 

This project takes place in the broader scheme of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme which addresses the international, regional and national levels. The mechanisms of the MOST Programme are unique drivers for advancing a holistic capacity-building initiative that promotes social transformations conducive to the universal values of peace, human dignity, non-violence and non-discrimination. MOST focuses on building efficient bridges between research, policy and practice. It fosters bridging and close collaboration between the Member States that sit on the Committee and researchers who exchange information, provide expertise and promote international comparative social science research between the various countries.

As part of this initiative, UNESCO Jakarta has started working with local governments of Indonesia on action plans aiming to mitigate the social impacts of deforestation and land degradation. Such advocacy work is, however, highly dependent on, and in need of, a strong research base. Research on the social dimension of climate change in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions is still in its infancy. LIPI, through four research projects, aims at contributing to the development of reliable, research-based knowledge on climate change and its effects in society. 

This project will be concluded with the organisation, in early 2015, of a regional seminar that will bring together governments’ officials from ASEAN countries, experts and development partners to present the findings and results of those four projects and review existing tools and initiatives with regard to reducing the human impact of environmental changes in Southeast Asia.

For more information about this project, please contact: Mr. Charaf Ahmimed (c.ahmimed(at)unesco.org) or Ms. Ailsa Amila (a.amila(at)unesco.org)

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