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A Journey of Hope for a climate-resilient future


Delivering the Adaptation Action Agenda in Indonesia

Climate change affects many aspects of the natural and social environment, and can lead to knock-on impacts between different sectors and groups. We have to simultaneously design and implement policies to prevent further climate change as well as adapt to the impact of changes already happening.

This WINNER event is a follow-up of the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS), January 2021, and explores forms of cooperation between and within nations to make climate adaptation work for everyone, with a focus on Indonesia and the Netherlands. We will build on the successful international establishment of the Adaptation Action Agenda with high level keynotes. Then, two forms of Indonesia – Netherlands collaboration in urban and rural areas will be highlighted. Finally, we dive into the prerequisites for successful climate adaptation in a session focused on a priority for both the Netherlands and Indonesia: water resilience.

During the event, the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry and the Netherlands Envoy for Climate Change, will launch an Indonesia wide NL-alumni challenge, aimed at further strengthening the awareness about the Adaptation Action Agenda as a journey of hope.


Objective: to develop a perspective of hope for climate adaption
  • To foster Indonesian – Netherlands science and education collaboration in support of the Adaptation Action Agenda
  • To strengthen dialogue between the knowledge sector, policy makers, businesses and communities in both countries
  • To strengthen awareness on the global need for climate adaptation and climate neutral policy and initiatives
  • To highlight existing cooperation initiatives between the Netherlands and Indonesia in this field
  • To engage the private sector and Indonesian NL-Alumni in this process
Building Blocks of Event

Key note speeches

Introduction to Alumni Challenge

  • Marcel Beukeboom, Climate Envoy Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Launch of Alumni Challenge

Education exchange between Indonesia and the Netherlands is a longstanding feature of the bilateral relationship across many different academic disciplines. In Indonesia, the NL Alumni network holds over 20,000 people, eager to exchange ideas and collaborate within this bilateral network. In order to strengthen awareness on the content and potential of the Global Adaption Action Agenda, the WINNER team challenges NL-alumni to come up with creative ideas to promote awareness via outreach campaigns on the Agenda. The two winners will receive EUR 5000 each to roll out their campaign idea over the summer of 2021.

The Indonesian Minister and the Dutch Envoy for Climate Change, will launch the challenge by means of a short enthusiastic message on the challenge, followed by a mutual virtual countdown.

Highlight of Promising NL – IDN cooperation

  • Rural : Mangrove Project by Van Oord, includes working together with nature and community building
  • Urban : DUTEP project(s) by DKI Jakarta & Living Labs Water

Panel Discussion on Water Resilience

Effective climate adaptation initiatives require effective cooperation between a variety of actors: government, businesses, academic institutions and local communities. Although their position and interests might be in contrast at first sight, in the long(er) term good collaboration is the key for success. Therefore, it is essential that the actors learn how to take responsibility for a shared future that includes not only the climate and interests of business, but for example also the most vulnerable people among us. In the panel discussion, we will explore the necessary ingredients of such success, following four questions:

  • How to build relations of trust between the various actors? (trade-offs, synergies and need for time)
  • What kind of safe spaces are prerequisites of cooperation?
  • What policy changes are needed to allow for inclusive cooperation?
  • What are concrete steps/glimpses of hope for the future?

The interactive discussion hosted by the moderators brings together a variety of themes:

  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Resilient Cities
  • Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)
  • SDG13: Climate Action
  • SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals
  • How to create mutually beneficial solutions, including the vulnerable in society?



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