A Workshop on Disasters and Climate Change Adaptation: The Role of Geoscience (WDCCA) was held in the Special Session on 13 October 2016 in conjunction with the GEOSEA XIV and 45th IAGI Annual Convention at the Trans Luxury Hotel Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The workshop was jointly organised by ANCST, Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM), SEADPRI-UKM, GEOSEA and IAGI. The anchor of the main event was the GeoSEA XIV and 45th IAGI Annual Convention “ASEAN Earth Resources and Geoscientist Role in AEC Era” held on October 10th-13th, 2016. This 14th Regional Congress on Geology, Mineral Resources and Energy in Southeast Asia (GEOSEA) and collaborated with 45th IAGI Annual Convention (abbreviated as GIC 2016) was organised by Indonesian Association of Geologists (IAGI).
The WDCCA meeting served as a platform to stimulate discussion on climate related disasters in Southeast Asian region especially among geoscientist on its trend and current measures in managing risk. In the meeting, 5 papers were presented followed by a lively discussion on the disaster and climate issues from member country representatives.
The workshop was chaired by Mr Lim Choun Sian (SEADPRI-UKM) and the Opening Address on the outline of the workshop was given by Dato’ Yunus Abd. Razak. Paper presentation in the WDCCA were as follows:
- Presentation 1: Introduction to ANCST, by Dato’ Yunus Abd. Razak & Joy J. Pereira, Geological Society of Malaysia.
- Presentation 2: Disasters in Southeast Asia, by Lim Choun Sian & Joy J. Pereira, Geological Society of Malaysia/SEADPRI.
- Presentation 3: Pleistocene Climate Variability in the Indonesian Seas, by Dr. Rina Zuraida, Marine Geological Institute of Indonesia.
- Presentation 4: The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program, by Rolando Pena, Geological Society of the Philippines.
- Presentation 5: Climate Change and Sea Level Rising Impacts on Mineral Resources in Coastal Zone of Vietnam – Nguyen Van Nguyen & Quach Duc Tin & Tran Van Tri, General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam.
WDCCA was participated by 20 delegates from Southeast Asia, namely IAGI, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam, Geological Survey of Thailand, Geological Society of Thailand, private sector and Geological Society of the Philippines, Myanmar Geosciences Society, Geological Society of Malaysia, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The organisers would like to thank the host of GIC 2016, co-organiser, the secretariat, the participants and presenters for making the event a success.
Note: Full conference report in progress