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Strengthening Risk Reduction of Natural Hazard Consequences in the Australian and Indonesian Agricultural Sectors with Community-Led Experimental Learning




On 25 February 2019, RDI held a guest lecture with David Mckenzie from Charles Darwin University, Australia, as its speaker. David’s lecture was titled: “Strengthening Risk Reduction of Natural Hazard Consequences in the Australian and Indonesian Agricultural Sectors with Community-Led Experimental Learning”. The topic of this lecture was based on David’s current research idea, where he aims to address the problem of increasing extreme hydrological and meteorological activity associated with climate change. David’s main aims is that these hazards disrupt food production, livelihood, socio-economic condition of agricultural communities, which in turn could generate social unrest and an increase in health and well-being issues.



Picture 1. Dr. Ayu Krishna & David Mckenzie (During Certificate Submission)

In order to address this problem, David utilize the transformative process approach where a structural shifts in people’s beliefs and underlying assumptions that typically accompany severely adverse circumstances (Pahl-Wostl, Becker, Knieper, & Sendzimir, 2013). This approach was accompanied with the adaptation process model and adaptive capacities model, where environmental/institutional, community, and personal resources are all interdependent and interconnected by functional intermediaries (Paton et.al). These models are to be applied by David in order to identify and substract best practices from communities across Indonesia so that other communities across the archipelago could learn from these best practices. Other similar efforts have been done for example by FIELD-Indonesia Foundation and Climate-resilience Field Schools program. The lecture was also accompanied by substantial discussions on the possible factors which can be a challenge for the implementation of these best practices, such as politics, and the rigorously diverse cultures available in Indonesia.