The Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) participate in a two-day international workshop on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable and Equitable Development of Coastal Communities in Indonesia and Vietnam (EscSea). The workshop was held at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island (URI), United States. The workshop took place on June 28th and 29th, at VNUA, Hanoi, Vietnam.
The main objectives of the workshop were to promote training, scientific research, and international cooperation in addressing the challenges faced by coastal communities in both countries Indonesia and Vietnam. Adopting a hybrid format, the event allowed for both in-person and online participation, enabling a diverse audience to attend.
Over 30 delegates from prestigious international organizations, including the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the TDMRC, Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK), were present at the workshop. Additionally, experts from governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations such as Hue University, Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Climate Change, Vietnam Institute of Economics and Fisheries Planning, Vietnam Administration of Sea and Island, Center for Climate Change Study in Central Vietnam, Center for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development (MCD), Oxfam, UNDP, among others, actively participated.
The TDMRC was represented by Dr. Haekal A. Haridhi, who participated and actively contribute to the refinement of various aspects of the research together with other participants, some improvement includes the research methods and the contextual variable that needed to be accounted for in the research. The EscSea research project is led by Dr. Lisa Hiwasaki (URI), and Dr. Ngo Thanh Son (VNUA) will serve as the Vietnam coordinator.
The same workshop was also held in Indonesia, where the key stakeholder on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction were invited. The workshop in Indonesia took place at The Body of Research and Innovation or BRIN, on July 3rd and 4th at BRIN, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The workshop has the same objective as the one that was held in Vietnam. On the first day, the stakeholder includes researchers, professors from TDMRC USK, IPB University, Universitas Indonesia, BRIN, The NGO’s local and international, i.e. UNESCO, and policymakers such as the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, divine the contextual variable that needs to consider in the research work, the discussion also related to the studies site following through discussion on the data availability and factors that need to be considered in choosing the study sites. For the Indonesia case, the research will be conducted in one subdistrict each representing western, central, and eastern Indonesia.
On the second day, the stakeholder discussed the research term with its meaning. This is one of the important steps so that the research question could be answered. The TDMRC USK is presented by the Head of the TDMRC USK, Prof. Dr. Syamsidik, and two TDMRC USK researchers, i.e., Dr. Haekal A. Haridhi and Dr. Rina S. Oktari. The coordinator for Indonesia on the EscSea project is Dr. Umi Muawanah (BRIN).
Overall, the workshop that was held at VNUA and BRIN has yielded a successful output, and it is launched as the beginning of the research project, with its related policy brief implementation. The EscSea will focus on integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to achieve sustainable and equitable development in the coastal region of Vietnam and Indonesia.