27.08.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Regional Workshop titled “Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge with Scientific Knowledge for Knowledge-Based Risk Reduction” held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 6-8 August 2012

The second regional workshop of the UNESCO project “Strengthening Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts (StResCom)”, titled “Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge with Scientific Knowledge for Knowledge-Based Risk Reduction”, was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 6-8 August 2012. The workshop was funded by the Japanese government through its Funds-in-Trust (JFIT), and the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).

The objective of the workshop was to discuss and finalize the details of activities to be implemented in the second phase of the StResCom project.

The workshop was attended by 16 participants from 5 countries, representing experts, members of national NGOs, and government agencies. The workshop was divided into 2 sessions with 6 presentations. The first day was mainly about models, self-assessment tools, and methodologies for integrating local & indigenous knowledge with scientific and other knowledge for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The second day focused on educational & awareness‐raising materials for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Indonesia, Philippines and Timor‐Leste, the three beneficiary countries of the project. Results of action research on LINK on hydro-meteorological hazards and climate change impacts in Indonesia and Philippines were also shared during the workshop.

The workshop resulted in development of workplans in each country for the second phase of StResCom project. As a follow up of the workshop, organizations in each country group will develop full proposals by mid-August, and implementation of activities will begin September 2012.

The expected outputs of the second phase are the following:

  • validating and assessing LINKs collected in the first phase of the StResCom project with the communities;
  • developing assessment tools/guidelines/checklist that adapts existing methodologies to ensure LINK is integrated with scientific knowledge, and pilot testing in at least one field site;
  • developing educational & awareness-raising materials on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction targeting coastal & small island communities in their local languages, which incorporate LINKs;
  • drafting a plan of dissemination and use of educational materials, and to mainstream LINKS in policies and programmes in each country.

The second phase of the StResCom project will wrap up with another regional workshop, where experiences and lessons learned will be shared. This workshop will be held in the Philippines in April 2013.

Download the Final Report of Strescom Regional Workshop 6-8 August 2012 here

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