RDI research surveys were conducted by RDI in Selo, Semarang, North Jakarta, and Garut, Indonesia.
Over the past two months, RDI has undertaken four research surveys in various regions across Indonesia, including Boyolali District, Semarang City, North Jakarta, and Garut City. Each location was chosen for its relevance to RDI's research interests, which encompass sustainable energy, disaster management, and environmental planning.
From August 29th to July 1st, 2015, RDI conducted a survey in Selo Sub-District, Boyolali, focusing on "The Application of Biogas as an Energy Resource in Rural Areas." The findings indicated that the implementation of biogas has been successful in reducing the reliance on firewood as an energy source in this region. This survey involved collaboration with one of RDI's institutional partners, Sahabat Lahan Indonesia (SLI), and also featured the participation of Zakaria, an undergraduate student from the University of Twente, who was interning with RDI.
In Semarang, a survey was carried out from August 10th to 13th, 2015, to examine community vulnerability concerning water resources. The research was titled "Community Vulnerability to the Water Sector due to Climate Change in Semarang Urban Area."
The survey in the North Jakarta area was a joint effort between RDI and the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI), conducted from September 15th to 18th, 2015, in Kapuk Muara and Pluit Village. The findings revealed that each region had developed its own strategies to cope with flooding. Kapuk Muara Village had established a disaster-focused community organization called "Kampung Siaga Bencana," while in Pluit Village, a substantial dike constructed by a large apartment complex had mitigated the impact of floods.
RDI's most recent survey in the third quarter of the year occurred from September 4th to 6th, 2015, in Cipanas, Garut District. This research centered on the "Economic Resilience of the Tourism Sector within the Context of Guntur Volcano Disasters." The hope is that these research efforts will contribute to an enhanced understanding of sustainable living practices in Indonesia.