International Symposium on Coastal Cities, Marine Resources, and Climate Change in the Coral Triangle

The International Symposium on Coastal Cities, Marine Resources, and Climate Change in the Coral Triangle has been held in the Sultan Hotel, Jakarta on the 4 July 2013 and in the Central Library, the University of Indonesia campus on the 5 July 2013. Prior to symposium, a workshop on APRU Knowledge-Action discussing research-policy partnership in action was conducted on the 3 July 2013 at Sultan Hotel, Jakarta.

The International Symposium on Coastal Cities, Marine Resources, and Climate Change in the Coral Triangle was opened by the Rector of the University of Indonesia. Key-note speeches were the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and Minister of Environment. Panel discussions and parallel sessions discussed variety of topics from challanges in adaptation, law and policy, partner's perceptions in climate change funding, management of small island and coastal cities, mitigation and adaptation strategy, population vulnerability, to the impact of climate change to natural and man-made environment and education.

There were more than 150 participants from Indonesia as well as other countries such as Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, and United States, representing senior scientists and academicians from APRU member, governments, NGOs, graduate students, as well as practitioners. There were 51 oral presentations which include 26 submitted abstracts and 25 invited speakers, and 15 posters from graduate students. These pasticipation indicates the importance of climate change issues to Indonesia and the entire Pacific Rim community in which a knowloedge-action approach is needed to tackle the issues.