2016 UN SDSN Awards

The third annual awards for the best creative sustainable ideas in Indonesia awarded by United in Diversity (UID) and United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).

Does your creativity sustainable enough?

Who can apply?

  • Indonesia-based organizations and individuals.
  • Working on unique solutions to a significant social/environmental problem.
  • Can demonstrate some measure of success.
  • Has long-term financial/organizational/ environmental sustainability.

Indonesian Climate Change Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges

Kuliah umum terkait dengan krisis perubahan iklim dan kebakaran hutan telah diadakan di Ruang 5B Perpustakaan  Pusat Universitas Indonesia, Depok. Kuliah umum ini menghadirkan Dr. Erik Meijaard (Borneo Future), Dr. Sunaryo (RCCC Universtitas Indonesia), Dr. Ian Singleton (Sumatra Orangutan Conservation Program), Andhyta F. Utami (WRI) dan T. M. Zulfikar ( Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari) sebagai narasumber.

Dalam beberapa bulan terakhir ribuan titik kebakaran hutan menyala di sebagian besar wilayah Indonesia, khususnya Pulau Sumatera dan Kalimantan, menyebabkan polusi karbon besar-besaran, kematian karena ISPA, menghancurkan habitat serta mendorong orangutan dan satwa langka lainnya semakin dekat pada kepunahan. Tekanan untuk menyelesaikan masalah tata kelola kehutanan dan menangani kebakaran hutan semakin meningkat bersamaan dengan persiapan Indonesia untuk mendiskusikan komitmen perubahan iklimnya dalam COP 21 UNFCCC di Paris bulan Desember ini. Kuliah umum ini membahas berbagai tantangan dan kesempatan yang dihadapi Indonesia untuk mengatasi masalah kebakaran hutan.

Bioecoservice Community Outreach

As a part of Biodiversity ecosystem service research, RCCC has conducted a community engagement and outreach in Desa Pemerihan. Desa Pemerihan is one the village bordering the forest edge of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in South Lampung. A village meeting was held on March 15, 2015 and attended by 16 representatives from local farm communities. The meeting purpose was to assess base information on building a manual for identifying biodiversity ecosystem services along with the indicator species through participatory mapping along with recognition of their plantation area, wildlife-human conflict, wildlife road-kill, and wildlife sighting also assessed during this meeting.

General Lecture by Prof. Jeff Sachs

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. He is one of the world’s most perceptive and original analysts of global development. He has worked in many areas including macroeconomics, reform, poverty, and sustainable development. He has published widely, including The New York Times Best Seller, 'The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time' and 'Common Wealth: Economic for a Crowded Planet.'

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.

Ecosystem Services Discussion

The study from Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 has found that the increasing of glasshouse gases quantity (CO2, CH4, NOx, and CFC) in the atmosphere largely due to human activities has been triggering the climate change on earth. Climate change is also posing great threat to society because it is shifting the balance in ecosystem and the dynamic of its components. Industrialization and fossil fuel combustion had led to the increasing of CO2 and other glasshouse gases quantity into atmosphere, causing global warming and climate instability.

Developing countries had been marked to suffer the biggest effect from the climate pattern change. The changing effects, including temperature rise, precipitation pattern change, sea-level rise, and other climate-related disasters are also increasing the risk in the agriculture, food, and water resource. Globalization on industrial system is also causing ecosystem fragmentation and degradation on big scale, destroying the ecosystem inhabited by various indigenous plant and animal species which could lead to the sixth great extinction.

The vital role of ecosystem and biodiversity—biosphere—on sustaining life, as we all know, has not been well-managed yet. The resilience on climate change depends on its healthy ecosystem and biodiversity richness. The higher biodiversity richness in the ecosystem and ecological knowledge in a community, the stronger its bio-cultural resilience. Resilience comes from the ability to mitigate (reducing the impact) or adaptation (response from change). The factors above are affecting the capacity of a system to endure disturbance and shock. In other words, it is the ability of a system to regulate its essential functions, structure, and identity. Resilience is an absolute quality characteristic from all healthy life system. There are many services which provided by forest that could contribute in reducing system vulnerability against climate change and, as a consequence, increasing its resilience.

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