DFAT-CSIRO Research for Development Alliance Project Indonesia
‘Mainstreaming’ climate change and future uncertainty into community development planning to achieve climate compatible development is a major challenge in the developing world. This is due to the low capacity of most stakeholders, unequal representation of marginalised community members and their knowledge, and limited information on which to base decisions. This project sought to trial appropriate participatory processes and tools that could integrate principles of ‘adaptation pathways’ into annual community development planning (‘musrenbang’), and introduce adaptive co-management into decision-making. Using rural sub-districts in Nusa Nenggara Barat Province, Indonesia, the project generated a social learning process to stimulate innovation and knowledge integration, plus novel participatory evaluation methods to assess progress. Key partners were the University of Mataram, the provincial government, and the Indonesian agencies for Agricultural Technology Development, and Meteorology and Geosciences. The project was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and CSIRO.
Contact: James Butler