About TREPSEA2020

Introduction

In the last half century, Asia has experienced the fastest economic growth and rapid increase of human prosperity, compared to other continents. However, ecological risks due to significant land use changes, global environmental change and climate change-related disasters have also occurred rapidly in Asia. The global deterioration of soils and landscape poses a significant threat to poverty reduction, sustainable food production, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. A recent study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has estimated that the annual cost of land degradation due to “land use and cover change” (LUCC) and the use of land-degrading management practices on static crop and grazing land is about $300 billion. This does not include the costs related to deterioration of ecosystem services, which may increase the estimates significantly. However, global hunger also increases, reaching 815 million people in 2017, where about 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient-deficiencies.

In Indonesia, agriculture grows at 3.87 percent per year, which is not very low, although it does not contribute much to poverty reduction and job creation in the country. The poverty level in September 2019 was 24.79 (9.22 percent of total population), where the majority (14.93 million or 12.60 percent) of them are living in rural area, and the rest 9.86 million (6.56 percent) are living in urban area. Income inequality in Indonesia is considered high, where the Gini coefficient generally has increased in the past decade or so, from 0.32 in 1998 to 0.38 in 2007, increasing to 0.41 in 2012 and started to decrease in recent years to 0.382 in September of 2019 (BPS, 15 January 2020). The hunger level in Indonesia has also decreased significantly from 44.1 million in 2004-2006 to 22.0 million in 2016-2018.  Interestingly, the hunger level in urban area is 8.2 percent of total population, whereas that in rural area is 7.57 percent. The level of stunting among children has also decreased from 32.9 percent in 2013 to 29.9 percent in 2018, whereas the level of anemia among pregnant women has increased from 37.1 percent in 2013 to 48.9 percent in 2018.

Higher ecological risks and more severe climate change-related disasters have more serious consequences on food and nutritional security in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. Hunger and malnutrition have multiple causes, and in facts many of these challenges transcend national borders. Thus, sustainable, integrated and trans-disciplinary innovative solutions to such problems require a more holistic approach in formulating the development strategies to diversify agricultural and food production, increase productivity, hence generating income and employment.  Transdisciplinary approach in mitigating and adapting the climate change related disaster are also required for more sustainable development strategies, coupled with better strategies for disaster risk reduction and management, workable and effective programs to sustainable development and environmental conservation, and better access to food and improved nutritional security

Every other year, the International Conference of Transdisciplinary Research on Environmental Problems in Southeast Asia (TREPSEA) is conducted in several cities in Indonesia. The first TREPSEA was conducted in Makassar in 2014, the second was in Bandung in 2016, and the third was in Gorontalo in 2018.  The fourth TREPSEA Conference will be conducted in Bandar Lampung on August 2020. The purpose of International Conference of the Transdisciplinary Research on Environmental Problems in Southeast Asia (TREPSEA) is to conduct integrative research of interactions between natural environment and human-social systems in Southeast Asia to solve the environmental problems in Southeast Asia. Its scope thus includes topics of sustainable development, agricultural and resource economics, economics, social science, environmental science, engineering, medicine, sociology, education, etc. Transdisciplinary Research (TDR) is defined as research efforts conducted by investigators from different disciplines and non-academic participants working jointly to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and transnational innovations. Related stakeholders include the academics, governments, development organizations, business and industries, sponsoring institutions, civil society organizations, the media, etc.

The theme of 4th International Conference of TREPSEA in Lampung will address important themes of “Managing Ecological Risks and Natural Disasters in Southeast Asia: Challenges for Food Security and Economic Welfare”.  The conference will serve as an arena for stimulating academic exercise and policy dialogues on trans-disciplinary dimensions of environmental problems in Southeast Asia, primarily on the themes of managing ecological risk, disaster mitigation, environmental conservation, food and nutritional security, social and economic welfare, and other related issues in sustainable development in general. The 4th International Conference of TREPSEA will take place in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia on August 6-8 of 2020.

Objectives

The objectives of the 4th International Conference of TREPSEA in Lampung will address important themes of “Managing Ecological Risks and Natural Disasters in Southeast Asia: Challenges for Food Security and Economic Welfare” are as follows:

    1. to stimulate academic exercise and policy dialogues on academic exercise and policy dialogues on trans-disciplinary dimensions of environmental problems in Southeast Asia;
    2. to encourage trans-disciplinary research dimensions on of environmental problems, primarily on the themes of managing ecological risk, disaster mitigation, environmental conservation, food, and nutritional security, and
    3. to update some research progress and new knowledge on managing ecological risk, disaster mitigation, environmental conservation, food and nutritional security, and other related issues in sustainable development in general.

Conference Organizers:

  • University of Lampung (UNILA), Indonesia
  • Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan

Time and Venue

The 4th International Conference of TREPSEA in Lampung will address important themes of “Managing Ecological Risks and Natural Disasters in Southeast Asia: Challenges for Food Security and Economic Welfare” will be held on August 6-8 in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia.

  • August 6-7, 2020:  The Conference
  • August 8, 2020: Field Trip

Participants

The participants of the 4th International Conference of TREPSEA in Lampung will address important themes of “Managing Ecological Risks and Natural Disasters in Southeast Asia: Challenges for Food Security and Economic Welfare” are mostly scientists, researchers, private sectors, government officers and social workers from many countries.  They are from many disciplines: Environment, ecology, agriculture, forestry, geology, geography, natural sciences, economics, agricultural economics, resource economics, agribusiness, sociology, law, education, etc. Some graduate students from University of Lampung (UNILA) and other universities in the vicinity will participate in the International Conference. The total number of participants in the 4th TREPSEA International Conference is expected 200 persons.

Conference Main Sponsors

This conference is sponsored by University of Lampung (UNILA), Indonesia and The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan

Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)
Universitas Lampung

About Venue

Auditorium of Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Lampung (UNILA)

JL Sumantri Brojonegoro I, Gedong Meneng, Kec.
Rajabasa, Kota Bandar Lampung, Lampung 35141,
Indonesia

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