22.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Regional Workshop 2014: “Lessons Learned and Knowledge Sharing on Developing Policies, Action Plans and Models using LINKS on Hydro-meteorological Hazards”

©UNESCO/ANSA-EAPPhoto Group of the Regional Workshop 2014 participan

UNESCO Office Jakarta, in cooperation with the Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration and the Centre for Disaster Preparedness was organizing the “Lessons Learned and Knowledge Sharing on Developing Policies, Action Plans and Models using LINKS on Hydro-meteorological Hazards” Regional Workshop on 18-20 August 2014 at Asian Institute Management (AIM) Conference Center Makati, Manila, the Philippines.

The workshop was organized by Affiliated Network for Social Accountability-EAP Foundation Inc. and attended by researchers, scientists, government representatives, local and national NGOs, and other UN agencies. This workshop is in line with the closing of a three-year UNESCO-JFIT project titled “Strengthening Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro‐meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts” (StResCom). The purpose of the workshop is to share knowledge and lesson learned from the three-year project of StResCom based on research of the three countries: Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor Leste and to identify other country interested to learn and make use of the experience of the three countries to be introduced, adapted and implemented in the region.

The workshop was attended by approximately 60 participants from the three countries and participants from other countries, including Samoa, Japan, and Bangladesh. The opening of the workshop was focused on the overview and lesson learned from Haiyan/Yolanda Typhoon that has happened in the Philippines on 2013. The afternoon session of the workshop was focused on the knowledge sharing on local and indigenous knowledge. Representatives from Samoa and Apia share their knowledge on the local indigenous knowledge related to hydro-meteorological hazards and disaster risk reduction.

The workshop was focused on the project’s achievements. Each country present their involvement in the projects, starting from research methodology, findings, activities, challenges and lesson learned from the projects also further actions need to be taken. At the end of the workshop, the participants were divided into three groups: Indonesia and Timor Leste; Samoa and Bangladesh; and Japan and the Philippines. Each group made an Action Plans to discuss way to move forward post project. The three country involved in the StResCom project were discussing initiatives need to be taken as the follow up of the project while the other two country (Samoa and Bangladesh) were discussing on a way to expand the project to their country.

The workshop concluded with the realization on the need to continue the work that was started three years ago to the next level. Revitalizing the local and indigenous knowledge is important to strengthen the communities’ resilience not only in the coastal area, but also for the upland, forest and urban communities lying in major waterways. It is substantial to replicate and adapt the projects in the regions to address hydro-meteorological hazards in Samoa and Bangladesh.

For further information on the StResCom project in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines please contact Ardito Kodijat (a.kodijat(at)unesco.org).

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