Summer Travel Grant 2014 Recipient
EWC Degree Fellow
ACEH HRDC Scholarship Recipient
It was a great opportunity to present my paper at The International Science – Policy workshop 2014 in Bogor, Indonesia, from June 16-18, 2014. The focus discussion was on Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: Guiding development policies in the 21st century. It was a really great chance to meet people from around the world who work within the academics as well as practitioners and professionals. Abstracts could be submitted to four different thematic areas. I joined thematic number three which was titled: Innovative institutional arrangements and policies for Eco-DRR/CCA. My presentation contained analysis of the current level of integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with an emphasis on the policy and institutional environment which is ideally seen from the ecosystem services point of view. I discussed the sample of policy gaps that is experienced by multiple sectors on ecosystem-based approaches in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation responses. It was the most productive panel that I ever had with lots of input questions and great discussions.
For the thematic Area three, other participants and I explored our understanding and experiences of mainstreaming Eco-DRR/CCA, in order to scale up these efforts and change “business as usual” in our development trajectories, in policies and institutional practices at national and local levels.
The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter provided Travel Grants ($500 each) to 10 current East West Center students in the summer of 2014.