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11 Apr 2016

Policy Development for Effective Transitions to Climate Change: Adaptation at the Indonesian Local Government Level

Rahayu Rahayu, October 2012
Griffith University

A major gap in climate change adaption policy development in Indonesia is to determine the requirements for effective adaptation policy at the local level, especially with regard to vulnerable coastal communities. This thesis addresses this gap. Documentary and field research identified five key themes for investigation: (i) awareness and impacts of climate change at the local level; (ii) policy development status; (iii) mainstreaming climate change issues into the development agenda of local government; (iv) sectoral coordination between central and local governments and across sectors of production; and (v) capacity building. Most weighting was on the latter two. In field research, 25 interviews were conducted with key Indonesian policy actors—policy-makers, researchers and community representatives—to gain insights and suggestions reflecting existing and relevant policy environments and cultures of Indonesia to best develop policy. Putting documentary and field research together, policy learning emphasises the following. Institutional strengthening is needed through (i) effective sectoral coordination of crosscutting issues, and appropriate coordinating agencies and guidelines for local mainstreaming; and (ii) effective capacity building through elevated local governmental and civic awareness raising; promotion of government and non-governmental partnerships; and greater scientific assessment, incentives and inclusion of local social and traditional knowledges.

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