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Think Climate Indonesia team begins work on climate-change mitigation

As part of IDRC’s Think Climate Indonesia initiative (TCI), a virtual inception workshop was held on July 21, 22 and 27, 2021, for the five project partners -- Yayasan INOBU, WRI–Indonesia, PATTIRO, Yayasan Kota Kita, and Kemitraan. Organized by IDRC’s TCI project manager and a team of facilitators from Inclusive Innovation, the workshop focused on team building, strategy building, and capacity building.
Team photo from TCI inception workshop
Think Climate Indonesia

Think Climate Indonesia is a three-year partnership supported by IDRC and the Oak Foundation aimed at enabling local think tanks in Indonesia to engage more effectively in climate action.  

Workshop participants included experts in urban planning, knowledge and sustainable management, monitoring and evaluation, and other fields. One of the objectives of the workshop was to create a sense of community among the TCI think-tank members.   

Several positive factors emerged out of the event. The workshop underscored how the commonalities and differences among the groups can be used to work strategically, building on each other’s expertise, networks, and strengths, as well as the previous research work done in different geographical areas. 

The think tanks vowed to work hard on the ambitious ideas raised at the workshop, and agreed to hold monthly meetings to chalk out strategies.  

“We hope that the Think Climate Indonesia initiative will deepen the work of actively researching and engaging with a range of stakeholders, to mobilize policy processes and actions that address climate-change mitigation measures, as well as adaptation and resilience,” said Anindya Chatterjee, IDRC’s Asia Regional Director. “We have indeed seen how, with the right kind of support, local think tanks can be agents of change.” 

“The work that you are doing is critical in a moment of climate crisis,” Santiago Alba Corral, Director of IDRC’s Climate-Resilient Food Systems program, said at the workshop.  “The way that we engage in mitigation and adaptation to climate change are going to be critical, and we want to address the major challenge for humanity. And in particular, in climate hotspots such as Indonesia, you have an opportunity to inform, to influence, to change the way that we work.” 

Read more about the TCI Inception Workshop.