11 February 2014, Bandung, Indonesia. “Scientific knowledge on climate change is fundamental to implementing successful adaptation and mitigation” said key note speaker, Dr Rachmat Witoelar, at a national workshop on Climate Change Knowledge Management held at the prestigious Institute for Technology, Bandung (ITB). The workshop was hosted by the Indonesia National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) in collaboration with ITB, representing immediate follow up on the implementation of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy of Indonesia (more information on the Strategy at: http://www.uncclearn.org/news/strategy_launch_indonesia).
A hundred and sixty participants from the scientific community, including national research institutes as well as private and national universities took part.
In his opening speech, Prof. Ahmaloka, Rector of the ITB, expressed his organisation’s willingness to contribute at the national and international level on developing and sharing scientific knowledge concerning climate change. Dr Rachmat Witoelar also emphasized the importance of climate change knowledge for all sectors of planning, in particular for city planning.
The event was organised around the following discussion topics:
-What is knowledge management and how can it be applied to climate change information
-How to establish a national climate change research network
-The role of research in developing climate change policies.
This last subject was presented by Dr. Hardiv H. Situmeang, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and member of World Energy Council.
This event was organised with the support of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).
About UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by UNITAR. An important aspect of UN CC:Learn is to support countries develop a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development through a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process. During the course of 2012-2013, Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda are participating as UN CC:Learn pilot countries. Core funding for the 2011-2013 implementation phase of UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government.