Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Resilience to disasters and climate change in Indonesia

Riyanti DjalanteRiyanti Djalante will present a seminar on "Promoting resilience to disasters and climate change impacts in coastal cities in Indonesia", at the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific (RMAP) Program, Australian National University, Canberra, 10 June 2010.

Promoting resilience to disasters and climate change impacts in coastal cities in Indonesia

Climate change impacts are acknowledged to be one of the main threats to the environment and society at the moment. Indonesia has been generally considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to these threats. Thus vulnerability reduction and resilience building should be the key actions for facing extreme weather and climate related events, which must also be harnessed in adapting to climate change.

It is widely acknowledged that the adoption of term ‘resilience’ by the UNISDR (2005) in its Hyogo Framework for Action for 2005–15, strengthen the importance of the resilience concept in managing the ever increasing impacts of disasters including those of climate change. Conceptually, resilience concepts are based on three system characteristics of (i) the amount of change that a system can absorb and still retain the same structure and function; (ii) the degree to which the system is capable of self-organisation; (iii) the degree to which the system can build and increase capacity for learning and adaptation (Carpenter, et al., 2001).

This research will address two main questions of: (1) what are the necessary factors to build resilience of coastal cities to hydro-meteorological disasters, and (2) how do local governments build resilience into their planning and development policies.

Ms Riyanti Djalante's PhD is titled Promoting Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change Impacts, in Coastal Cities in Indonesia. She graduated with Bachelor of Engineering from New South Wales University and Master of Project Management from Queensland University. In Indonesia, she works for local government’s BAPPEDA (Local Development Planning Agency) Kota Kendari, Sulawesi Tenggara.

RMAP Research Seminar

Venue: Seminar Room B, Coombs Building
Date: Thursday, 10 June 2010
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Enquiries: Jacqueline de Chazal on 6125 3343

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