Workshop on Developing an Applied Sustainability Science Model
UNESCO's Office in Jakarta has pioneered the sustainability science approach to address complex environmental issues that have profound social and economic implications for affected communities in Southeast Asia. On 10 May 2016, UNESCO will conduct a workshop in Jakarta to validate an Applied Sustainable Science Model based on experience and knowledge generated by various scientific disciplines.
In an effort to upscale and consolidate the results of the past projects in sustainability science, UNESCO's Office in Jakarta is developing an Applied Sustainability Science Model and validate the model through a workshop which will invite key experts from Indonesia and the region. Based on this model, UNESCO will pilot sustainability science projects in various communities across Indonesia.
UNESCO has teamed up with the University of Southampton and Indonesian partners − Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) and various universities − to conduct research studies on the social dimension of climate change and environmental degradation within vulnerable communities in different regions in Indonesia. This ongoing research is designed to provide new knowledge on the social dimension of climate change.
Climate change is a major driver of social transformations in Indonesia, increasing vulnerability of communities facing natural disasters and hampering economic growth. The destructive trends of deforestation, forest fires, and peatland degradation have already placed Indonesia as one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
UNESCO promotes the use of interdisciplinary research as a tool to obtain knowledge and apply it in developing national and sub-national policies on climate change adaptation and mitigation.