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Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) SCIENCE
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 - September 2014

 Indonesia Partnership Picture 1
 Mesh net (litterbag) on mangrove trees to collect litterfall (Photo courtesy Frida Sidik).

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
 
In the last quarter of 2013, the team undertook periodic data gathering and participated in several scientific meetings in Indonesia. Ms. Nuryani Widagti presented a project progress report at the Institute for Marine Research and Observation’s monitoring and evaluation meeting October 30-31, 2013, in Bali. She was also invited to speak at an international workshop on the carbon cycle and climate change on November 7-8, 2013, in Bali. During that meeting, she introduced the techniques for assessing mangrove adaptation to sea level rise. On December 10-11, 2013, Ms. Widagti and Hanggar Prasetio attended The International Blue Carbon Workshop, organized by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Conservation International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Jakarta.
 
Future plans include periodic field measurements and preparation of papers for publication. At the time they submitted their report, the team also expected to participate in a February 2014 workshop on “Restoring Coastal Livelihoods,” hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research and the Mangrove Action Project in Bogor.
 
 

  Indonesia Partnership Photo 2
Junior researcher Faisal Hamzah tests the muffle
furnace for soil analysis (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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