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Cycle 1 (2011 Deadline)

Enhancements of research for adaptation of wetlands in Indonesia to projected impacts of sea level rise  

PI: Frida Sidik, Institute for Marine Research and Observation, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
U.S. Partner: Ilka Feller, Smithsonian Institution
Project Dates: October 2012 - May 2015
Evidence to Action Supplement: April 2018 - August 2019

Project Overview

Mangroves are key ecosystems that provide vital services to protect the coasts and fishery resources in Indonesia. Mangroves are the primary coastal barrier in which a range of processes occur that are important to adapting to sea level rise. Indonesia’s mangroves are threatened by sea level rise that could cause coastal wetland change and thus increased coastal flooding that will affect those living in coastal areas. Despite the importance of this ecosystem and the fact that Indonesia has the world's largest areas of mangroves, understanding of mangrove responses to sea level rise in this region is lacking.

This project aims to establish a greater understanding of wetland adaptation to sea level rise in Indonesia and to improve the capacity of Indonesian researchers in the monitoring of coastal systems. A mangrove monitoring station will be established to gather information on wetland stability, and the station could serve as a model for the creation of similar marine monitoring sites in other parts of Indonesia. The project also involves data collection and model development to increase knowledge of how mangrove wetlands will respond to sea level changes in Indonesia. The collaborative work of Indonesian-U.S. researchers will promote training and technical expertise development for Indonesian researchers, to be facilitated by the U.S. counterpart with the goal of strengthening Indonesian capacity regarding marine resource adaptation to climate change. Results of this study will be disseminated to the Indonesian scientific and academic communities, as well as to marine resource management officials, who may use the study to gain perspectives on broader implications of climate change and possible policy responses.
Summary of Recent Activities
Before completion of the project, the research team focused its efforts on disseminating project results to the general public, scientific and academic communities, and resource managers in order to have a broad impact on marine resource management. This was being done primarily online as well as through a video documentary produced during the last quarter. The video focused on mangrove forest of Nusa Lembongan  in Bali and the Riau University Marine Research Station in Dumai, Riau and was released under two titles:

1. Mangrove Stars: aimed to introduce mangrove ecosystem to the general population and to raise public awareness of mangrove conservation.
2. Mangroves and Sea Level Rise: aimed to illustrate the techniques/methodology used in the PEER mangrove monitoring project.

In the spring of 2018, Dr. Sidik and her colleagues were awarded a PEER Evidence to Action supplement. This new funding support will allow them to produce guidelines and provide information on mangrove adaptation to sea level rise that will enhance the understanding of mangrove ecosystems in Indonesia. The guidelines and materials will be available for academics, coastal managers, and NGOs. In order to disseminate their guidelines and associated information, the team will convene workshops, open
lectures, and discussions that will enhance the capacity building of researchers, practitioners, and academics on mangrove research and monitoring. The activities should also build awareness among policy makers and coastal managers regarding the importance of mangroves to mitigate climate change and their adaptation to climate change.  

1-152 Mangrove Video Shoot
The team shoots a documentary to raise awareness of mangrove conservation (Photo courtesy Frida Sidik).

Indonesia Partnership Photo 3
Nuryani Widagti makes a presentation at an international workshop on
the carbon cycle and climate change in Bali (Photo courtesy Frida Sidik).

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