UNESCO Jakarta participates in a session held at the 3rd Indonesia Carbon Update
On 5-7 November 2012, the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) held the 3rd Indonesia Carbon Update, an annual forum to exchange the progress of Indonesia’s achievement in various sectors related to climate change actions. The forum was successful in continuing substantial institutional agreement including National and Provincial Action Plan on emission reduction, task force on REDD+, and national greenhouse inventory system. In addition, the government of Indonesia made a commitment to revitalize a roadmap using domestic resources and international support. During the forum, DNPI’s study revealed that the government of Indonesia has the potential to reduce its national greenhouse emissions by 2.3 Gt by 2030, representing a reduction of 46 percent from 2005 levels.
On 7 November, the forum held four parallel sessions and UNESCO Office Jakarta participated in a session titled “Blue Carbon and Coastal School Campaign”, chaired by Dr Agus Supangat, Coordinator of Capacity Building and Research Division, DNPI.
The session featured presentations by Dr. Agus Heri Purnomo (Senior Researcher, Research Center for Marine and Fisheries Socio-Economics, Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries) on Potential Economy Development in Coastal Areas in Relation to Climate Change Adaptation, Dr. Andreas Hutahean (Researcher, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries) on Blue Carbon Research Development in Indonesia and Its Action Plan Regarding to Coastal Ecosystem Protection, and Dr. Aryo Anggono (Secretary of Agency of Marine and Fisheries Research and Development, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries) on a topic of Policy and Coastal Protection Research as well as Blue Carbon Concept Implementation in Indonesia.
As the last speaker of the session, Dr Lisa Hiwasaki, Head of Sciences for Society Unit of UNESCO Jakarta, gave a presentation titled: Indonesian Coastal Education (ICE) - Empowering Communities to adapt to Climate Change in Indonesia.
The objective of ICE is to empower communities in Indonesia to adapt to climate change and to promote conservation of coastal areas through protecting “blue carbon” repositories, using coastal education “Sandwatch” methodologies, and highlighting LINKS (local and indigenous knowledge) of coastal communities. ICE will be jointly implemented by UNESCO, the DNPI, and Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development - Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Balitbang KP - KKP), in close partnership with schools and communities around Indonesia.
Approximately 35-40 people representing Indonesian government agencies, local and international NGOs, researchers, and students participated in the session. The session was successful in garnering the interest of NGO stakeholders to participate in ICE.
For more information about ICE and the Sandwatch project, please contact Ms. Lisa Hiwasaki (Programme Specialist for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge, UNESCO Jakarta).