Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Prof. Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, the Secretary of the
Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare for the Republic of Indonesia, and a senior advisor on climate change, spoke at OSU tonight on Global Climate Change: Role of Indonesian Archipelago and Global Challenges.
The lecture dealt with general aspects of global warming, starting with the emissions, emitters, consequences, and those who will suffer the most. It then pivoted to a focus on Indonesia - especially its forest and marine resources, how they will be impacted and how they can be used to mitigate GHGs. He spoke of Indonesia's cooperation with nations, and what it is doing with respect to mitigation and adaptation.
He noted that Indonesia has already 'lost' some islands (it has about 13,500) and is slated to lose 2,000 more by 2030. He also showed a 2050 map of Jakarta showing areas of potential inundation.
Fascinating, informative, sobering lecture.
Here is a (large) PDF of his PPT:
At dinner he informed us that he will be leaving his post (with his country's blessing) to become the head of FAO's aquaculture program in Rome.
A most enjoyable evening spent with a most enjoyable, intelligent, and engaging individual.
"A smart man is usually humble." - Indonesian proverb