4th TWINSEA International Workshop
The Ludwig-Franzius-Institute for Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering (LuFI), Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences will analyze climate change effects and potential adaptation strategies in selected Indonesian regions. An expert network as well as a partnering institute in Southeast Asia will be established in cooperation with additional German research institutes in order to systematically improve the German-Indonesian research and development cooperation in this field.
In order to systematically and efficiently address climate change, sea level rise and resulting effects on coastal urban areas, innovative and sustainable strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in coastal zones have to be developed.
The project focuses thus on the analysis and evaluation of respective measures to identify best practice examples and low regret measures. Knowledge gaps in the understanding of processes as well as application and implementation obstacles of low regret adaptation measures will be addressed. They determine the adequacy of Working with Nature (WwN) strategies which can encompass bamboo breakwaters, artificial hydraulic sand fills or beach nourishments as well as the planting of mangrove forests and thus the implementation potential of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) strategies as an integral part of sustainable coastal protection solutions for urban areas.
The project aims at establishing an expert network as well as a partnering institute in Southeast Asia to improve DRR and CCA strategies. It facilitates the visibility of German research in Southeast Asia and supports the mainstreaming of climate change related DRR topics into regional research activities and therefore systematically develops the German-Indonesian research cooperation. Climate change related trends on natural hazard occurrence and intensity, as well as social vulnerability as driving force for disaster risk, will build the research focus. Vulnerability scenarios that take different development pathways of selected coastal areas into consideration will serve to evaluate DRR and CCA strategies.
The transfer of knowledge generated by the research networks and the partnering institute will be ensured via e-learning material which will be used in teaching activities by the partnering universities. The generated results will also be presented at international events and to the national research institutes. Important framework conditions for the creation of the expert network are already in place since the FI has already signed partnering contracts with RISTEK. UNU-EHS and LIPI have signed a letter of intent in January 2012 to stress their interest in shared activities in the field of human security and environmental change such as climate change.
Workshop documentation (youtube)
International Student Excursion
14 Master students from LuFI participate to the workshop in context of an interntional field excursion to indonesia. Further information about the excursion will be provided after return.