A total of 23 students from five countries participated in the Summer Course on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (Eco-DRR and CCA) at the UGM Faculty of Geography from August 21-26, 2023.
In this event, participants learned about resilient climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts through an ecosystem-based approach.
The participants mainly were faculty members and master’s and doctoral students from the Faculty of Geography and the Faculty of Engineering, particularly the Department of Architecture and Planning.
The summer course also welcomed representatives from government institutions, including the State College of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
The summer course was opened on Monday (8/21), with welcoming remarks from the summer course coordinator, also representing the Faculty of Geography, Dr. Dyah Rahmawati Hizbaron.
Subsequently, a speech was given by a representative from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Office.
Dr. Dyah mentioned that this year’s summer course was the first to be conducted in a blended format after the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer course offered various activities related to Eco-DRR and CCA that the Faculty of Geography has been organizing since 2010.
The summer course includes various activities such as a short course, summer course, training of instructors, workshops, webinar, joint research projects, and young researchers school.
Dr. Dyah added that UGM’s speakers came from the Faculty of Engineering, the Center for Disaster Studies, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
Additionally, external speakers were from the University of Glasgow, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) Kyoto University, Universita de Padova, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), the University of Nagoya, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
“Through this summer course, it is hoped that efforts to understand data, field conditions, and resilient climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies through an ecosystem-based approach can be enhanced,” Dr. Dyah explained.
“This effort is in line with UGM’s commitment to improving the quality of learning, in-person and virtually, as a world-class university.”
Author: UGM Faculty of Geography