Indri here from THINK Research Team ^^
Last week was a long week for us since we were preparing our workshop and student symposium. Also, we had an Instagram Live on Friday. We prepared these events for one month. However, some details were completed in the last minutes.
Did you attend our workshop last week? Do you have any comments on it? :D
The sixth Sustainability & Resilience Workshop is part of su-re. co’s regular workshop series under our current research and implementation projects, TIPPING+, LANDMARC and our biogas initiatives under IKI Small Grants. In this workshop, we aim to engage with the policymaking process by presenting our project update and exploring future trajectories of energy transformation and land-use mitigation in response to high-end climate change scenarios (i.e., maintaining global surface temperature increase 1.5 degrees C) and Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
This workshop was held a few days before the COP26 event. Did you follow its update?
Each representative of each country gave their voice regarding climate change and environmental issues. Some updates from the Indonesian Government can be read on social media or official news.
Back to su-re.co workshop.
Thanks to su-re. co’s previous projects, we have a long list of stakeholders’ contacts and engagements (such as meetings, workshops, and discussions). su-re.co has conducted and co-hosted five Sustainability and Resilience Workshops and six High-Level Stakeholder Dialogues (HLSDs) with our national and international counterparts (online and offline). su-re.co provided profound insights from this approach, including biogas and cleaning cooking stove as a target of Indonesia’s Mid-term Development Plan (2019-2025) for the first time, working closely with BAPPENAS. Driven by its vision and mission, su-re.co aims to continue such activities for further contribution through the sixth workshop.
In my opinion, there are five key points in preparing and conducting this workshop:
One of the stakeholders mentioned in one of the previous workshops about engaging stakeholders from the beginning of the project. We can keep in touch with the key stakeholders by doing some engagement activities (meeting, survey, interview, and online event). We introduced the project through bilateral meetings, and we engaged them to have some discussions and surveys and collect their narratives. We keep updating the stakeholders’ contacts and mapping that will be useful to draft the guestlist for this workshop.
2. Workshop Invitation
Publication and dissemination is the key to hold an event successfully. We invited the guest list around 2-3 weeks before the event and kept updating the guest list and sending the new invitation till Day-a few hours. The invitation letter with a long list of organisations invited is important to attract more participants. Especially when we invite government or public sectors, we need the formal letter and specific division/organisation’s name. This organisation list is a transparency system as people know who will invite to this workshop.
3. Aim and Topic
In October, we could see many webinars/discussions/events talking about climate change. So, climate change topics with interesting subtopics will attract participants to join this workshop. When discussing the topic, I suggested ‘unlocking possibilities’ to summarise different project updates that we would discuss. The main goal of this workshop was to contribute to the policymaking process in Indonesia, especially in the energy and land sectors. Local, national, and international stakeholders were invited to discuss those topics.
4. How to bring different stakeholders in one room
The panel discussion was different from what we tried in this workshop compared to the previous online workshops. Since we have three different projects, such as a social-policy perspective in the energy transition, a scientific-based project in land mitigation, and an implementation project in small-scale biogas, we would like to combine those in one room. ‘Tipping phenomena of decarbonisation in energy and land mitigation’ was our topic in this session. Tipping phenomena would refer to the TIPPING+ project, while decarbonisation in land mitigation would refer to the LANDMARC project. Besides, decarbonisation in the energy sector would relate to the IKI project. Bringing eight panellists in one room was challenging yet exciting. Different backgrounds of stakeholders would enrich the discussion. We invited national and international stakeholders from the energy and land sectors, policymaker, and modellers.
5. Teamwork and Communication
We cannot hold any events without good teamwork and communication. Identifying problems and do not hesitate to solve the issues are the key points in this workshop. A good plan will need a good team that will do a good implementation. We need to keep updating the information, progress, and result to identify what else we need to do.
There were some important findings from the FGD session. However, I will write those in my next blog.
In this blog, I want to ask, do you have any key points that have not been mentioned above?
Thank you for reading ^^