Population Response and Adaptation to Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts in Urban Areas Symposium

Climate change is a dynamic and systemic problem which affects the whole human activities. Rising of temperature and changing of weather pattern are also affecting agriculture and fishery activities. Besides, the rising of sea-level has been a daily problem for the coastal community in Indonesia. The impact of climate change has reached every sectors from socio-economy to environment and others related to health, food security, ecosystem, and biodiversity. Based on that facts, climate change issue is in need for contribution from various sector and thoughts outside general idea.

As a reaction to this need, RCCC UI act as a host in this symposia series conducted by Australian Research Council from Australian National University (ANU). This symposium was the last series from three years symposia entitled 'Population Perspectives on Environmental Challenges in Developing Countries' and this year, RCCC UI chose the topic of 'Air Pollution and Climate Change Impact on Urban Area'.

The symposium, which was conducted in Century Park Athlete Hotel, Jakarta, at 12 – 14 July 2012, was attended by representatives of Pertamina, GAIKINDO, Lead Information Center, and researchers from several universities. International researchers who attended the event including researchers from Australian National University, Peking University, National University of Singapore and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICCDR), Bangladesh. The Research Center for Climate Change was respresented by Dr. Jatna Supriatna, Dr. Budi Haryanto and Prof. Abimanyu T. Alamsyah. This roundtable forum discussed multiple issues of climate change in urban regions. Several presentations were intended as discussion stimuli on newest research status in demographics, community, energy and conservation. It is hoped that the resulting discourses will produce new ideas and solutions in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change. 

After two days of conference, this event is subsequently followed by a field trip, in order to observe in-situ problems and possible treatments of climate change in Jakarta. Monitored sites including air pollution in Bundaran Hotel Indonesia, Western flood canal, Luar Batang village around the Maritime Museum and a visit to UI Campus, Depok, as the final agenda. International participants could directly experience Jakarta's most glamorous  traffic and flooding problems by themselves in real time.