In the spring of 2018, Dr. Sidik and her colleagues were awarded a PEER Evidence to Action (EtoA) 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.
Due to administrative delays within her institution, it took almost eight months for Dr. Sidik to obtain the necessary permissions to receive the EtoA supplement she was awarded. While waiting, she and her team did all they could to lay the groundwork for the supplemental activities by building a website, attending meetings on mangroves and other climate change issues to gather information and input, and drafting portions of their planned book. They also undertook several other side activities designed to enhance the broader impacts of their PEER project, including providing business plan development and other capacity building assistance for a local small enterprise to utilize mangrove in producing batik and handicrafts. Their work got under way in earnest in August 2018 when their grant funds could finally be released. They completed their mangrove guidebook, Panduan Mangrove Estuari Perancak (Perancak Estuary Mangrove Guidance
), that same month as a way of sharing their research results with the broader community of end-users. The book was launched during the Laut Nusantara (Indonesia Sea) ceremonies at their institute’s Bali office. In addition, they have also created and launched their website MangroveNet, which is run by the creative team and IT division of their institute and can be accessed at http://www.bpol.litbang.kkp.go.id/mangrove/
Because their PEER EtoA supplement project involves both gathering the input of key stakeholders and disseminating findings and recommendations to them, Dr. Sidik and her team are working closely with several government agencies and NGOs. They have discussed their proposed initiative for science-based mangrove restoration and management with the World Research Institute and the Nature Conservancy. In addition, they have collaborated with CIFOR and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry on publications and science outreach. Dr. Sidik and her colleagues will hold their first workshop on the project November 1-2, 2018, with the participation of two national research agencies and seven NGOs. The aim of this workshop is to build networks among mangrove practitioners and researchers and gather inputs for developing policy recommendations regarding mangrove- and climate change-related issues. A working paper based on focus group discussions by mangrove researchers and practitioners will be produced to document the workshop outcomes. The PI and her team will subsequently share the paper and solicit feedback by means of meetings with relevant institutions and open lectures at state universities. They plan a second workshop in early December to introduce their monitoring station and other research output to governmental institutions.