Testing Interdisciplinary Methodological Approaches for The Study of Socio-Ecological Systems: Analysing The History and Future Possibilities of Governance for Climate Change
Researcher at the University of Indonesia’s Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC UI) where he coordinates Economic Instruments for Conservation, and Basic Income for Nature and Climate.
Climate change is a crucial factor in any global policy agenda in the coming decades. Its effects will influence the challenges to and outcomes of many, if not all of the SDG’s. Understanding, mitigating and adapting to climate change is not a matter of meteorology or natural sciences only. Involving the humanities and social sciences will be crucial. Historical patterns of land- and sea-use, social and economic processes such as industrialisation, carbonization and consumption have resulted in patterns of uneven vulnerability and resilience; both of societies and of ecosystems. These issues of vulnerability and resilience culminate in, among others, social-ecological systems (SES) in marine and coastal conservation areas.
Indonesia and The Netherlands have a long history of cooperation in the study of many disciplinary aspects of this problem: agriculture, biodiversity, fishery, tourism, socio-economic development, political development, culture, and media. Efforts have been made to integrate these approaches in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks.
The organizers belief that the riddle of governance for climate change adaptation is specifically in need of, and suited for, testing and developing new interdisciplinary methodologies. In this session we want to put the issue of governance for climate change on the map and explore and discuss it through the case study of joint Indonesian-Dutch research cooperation of UI, UNHAS, ALMI, KITLV, NIOO and WUR. It will explore the historical development and changes in the SES to understand its current state, and will attempt in cooperation and co-creation with local societies and governance structures, to develop meaningful interventions.