Indonesia's Climate Commitment

The "Indonesia's Climate Commitment and The New Climate Economy" seminar and national discussion held on April 20, 2015 was a roaring success with over 250 participants packing the beautiful Floating Room (Ruang Apung) on the picturesque lakeside of the leafy UI Depok campus. The presence of Sir David King together with Prof. Emil Salim and three other speakers moderated by Dr. Jatna Supriatna, with an active audience participation resulted in a very lively discussion. The discussion started with an address from Rector of the University of Indonesia who spoke about how higher education has a vital role to play in explaining the facts and in providing leadership to address the complex dimensions of climate change and to develop concrete sustainable solutions. Universities can provide the required knowledge and the initiative to drive national activities to move this country forward.

Can Indonesia Develop without Destroying Its Environment?

A public lecture on sustainable development in Indonesia is being held on April, 9 2015 in the University of Indonesia Center Library. The lecture entitled “Can Indonesia Develop without Destroying Its Environment?”  was focused on the challenges facing in the Insular South East Asia region, including the issues for forest landscape, smaller islands and coastal areas.

Answering the Challenges: The Role of Innovative Science in Building a Sustainable Future

A one day workshop entitled “Answering the Challenges: The Role of Innovative Science in Building a Sustainable Future” had been conducted at University of Indonesia campus, Depok. Hosted by Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences (FMIPA) UI, this workshop was a result from collaboration between Indonesia and Sweden which shared the same ideas of innovation and sustainability. The workshop was held at Balai Sidang UI on June 2nd, 2014 and started with the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador of Sweden and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Anis, M.Met. (Rector of UI). The line of speakers included Prof. Dr. Bambang P. Brodjonegoro (Vice Minister of Finance), Prof. Dr. Niclas Adler (President of I3L—Indonesia International Institute of Life Sciences), Prof. Dr. Jan Sopaheluwakan (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), Prof. Dr. Sangkot Marzuki (Eijkman Institute of Sciences), General (Ret.) Luhut B. Pandjaitan, MPA (Leader of Bhakti Pertiwi Foundation), Dr. Nurul Taufikurahman (Director Center for Innovation at LIPI), and Dr. Dadang Rukmana (Director for City Planning, Ministry of Public Works). In the afternoon session, Prof. Emil Salim has made a special appearance at the workshop.

Pengembangan Transportasi Massal Pasca Kenaikan BBM

Studi ADB (2012) menemukan bahwa sektor transportasi di Indonesia sedang menghadapi tantangan kapasitas institusi, kurangnya jaringan infrastruktur pendukung, rendahnya kualitas pada jaringan infrastruktur yang ada, dan inefisiensi operasi sehingga komponen biaya transportasi Indonesia lebih tinggi dari negara lain di kawasan Asia Timur. Pengembangan transportasi massal belum menjadi prioritas kebijakan dan pendanaan pemerintah nasional dan daerah. Transportasi darat masih memerlukan penambahan panjang jalan raya dan rel kereta api pada perjalanan antarkota dan belum ada kota di Indonesia yang memiliki transportasi massal selain bis dan kereta api. Jumlah dan frekuensi kapal feri pada transportasi laut masih jauh dari memadai. Pelabuhan dan lapangan terbang telah melebihi kapasitas dengan waktu tunggu yang terus bertambah, sedangkan pengembangan masih berjalan perlahan. Belum lagi permasalahan BBM yang terus disubsidi oleh pemerintah sepanjang tahun. Implikasinya, proporsi anggaran pemerintah pusat untuk keperluan pembangunan akan terus tergerus oleh subsidi BBM.

Alternative Financing for Forestry

This seminar has been conducted on January 10th, 2014 in a collaboration between RCCC UI and CEES CU with financial aid from USAID. The speakers included Ir. Medrilzam, MPE, Ph.D. (candidate) (BAPPENAS) and Dr. Mubariq Ahmad (World Bank Indonesia - FE UI). The seminar aimed to give conceptual understanding on innovative financing to helps reduce the rate of deforestation and forest conversion. Furthermore, it was designed to give information on financial and environmental aspect of sustainable forestry financing.

Biodiversity as the Main Resource for National Development

The seminar entitled "Biodiversity as the Main Resource for National Development" was held on 30-31 October 2013 at Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta. The seminar itself was established by Ministry of Environment RI alongside the commemoration of Day of Appreciation for Flora and Wildlife. The seminar was divided into two main events. The first was public seminar and the second was exhibition consisting of various booth and poster session from participants. Both events were conducted throughout the two-days seminar.

Benefit Sharing of Forest Utilization

The seminar entitled "Benefit Sharing of Forest Utilization: Alternative Financing for Indigenous Communities and the Environment" was held by collaboration of RCCC UI, Columbia University, and USAID. Featuring top speakers of Harry Alexander, S.H., M.H., LLM and Dr. A. Hadi Pramono, this seminar was conducted on Monday, 16 December 2013 at room 5B Central Library, UI campus.