From Bali, I report environment and climate change projects. I earned a PhD in environment at Oxford University and worked at an environmental thinktank before my JICA Expert life.
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A happy new year! I hope to see you again in this year!!
2016 was one of my busiest years if not actually the busiest!!
My main work was the founder and CEO of su-re.co (Sustainability & resilience). The company grows well. 19 interns and staff members were registered in 2016 and I expected to have more in this year. We already have two published academic papers under su-re.co related to climate change in 2016: 1) "Identified vulnerability contexts for a paddy production assessment with climate change in Bali, Indonesia" (here) and 2) "Role of microfinance to support agricultural climate change adaptations in Indonesia: Encouraging private sector participation in climate finance" (here).
We also hosted our 1st Sustainability & Resilient Bioenergy Workshop with 70 international academics, policymakers, and stakeholders. We presented the results at a few international conferences including 15th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) and 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum (APAN).
I think 2016 was the fruitful first year for su-re.co ;-)
su-re.co will continues working on research and consultation for government and international organisation, but as our 2nd year, we will directly engage sustainability and resilient actions. In 2017, our focus is to produce climate resilient coffee. We are working with coffee farmers in vulnerable areas of Indonesia based on our climate change vulnerability assessment. We will develop biogas digester to roast coffee as well as to solve indoor house pollution, energy, and deforestation. So, the coffee is used as a climate change adaptation and mitigation measure and green business.
We are building new office and home with 80% up-cycled materials including abandoned fishing boats, antique wood house, and containers. This project will take a few years to finish, but we are hoping to move in there in March.
As an individual researcher/consultant, I continue working for Stockholm Environment Institute, Udayana University, and international organisations. My engagement in Europe and Africa will continue, so I may meet some of you outside of Indonesia.
Last, my family is doing well. Ryoma (10), Taiga (7), and I go surfing in the morning before going to school and work. Last year, we travelled to South Africa together driving from Cape Town to Johannesburg through Kruger national park for safari. They are growing well as free-ranging kids ;-)
Please let me know if you have a chance to visit Bali! I look forward to work and have a good time with you again in 2017.
Nikos gave me opportunity to talk about "how value chain can be affected from climate change and reduce its impacts" at The Crystal which is the most environmental friendly building in the world. I supervised Nikos's MSc dissertation at Oxford 15 years ago. I had a big smile when Nikos asked his students "show me your research question, I am not going to tell you your quesiton". We had the exactly the same conversation more than a decade ago ;-)
BTW, #TheCrystal is a 33-million-doller project created the hyper tech renewable and resource saving saving building with a lot of wires and LED in 18 months. My new office will be a lot cheaper and a lot low tech and will take twice as long as their construction period (at least)!! When it is done, it will be the most environmental friendly head-quoter office!
I thought it was good for our kids to have this African experience, but it was more as my ego to make this trip. When I was 17 years old, I made 3 missions such as 1) riding all around Japan, 2) cycling all around Australia, and 3) crossing Africa. After I completed my second mission in Australia https://www.facebook.com/cycle93oz/ I decided to go to an university. So, my African dream has not realised --- until now.
Although I was not on my bicycle, at least, I completed about 20% of my 3rd mission. This was my hidden agenda of this trip. One day, I hope to continue this mission from Johannesburg.
So, I would like to thank you everyone to make this trip happens. Tricia: Thank you for arranging our logistics! Rumi: Thank you for being a navigator and a chatting-mate while our long long driving! Kids: Really thanks for behaving super well in 48% time in VW van! Su-re.co team: Thanks for taking care of our Dojo in Bali! I am looking forward to meet you again in Bali or Paris!
When I came out from Kruger national park, I had same feeling as I came back from a zen temple. The animal kingdom was so pure and I wished I could be there longer. This motivates me working more on environmental issues!
We visited Mr Sebu in rural Swaziland on 20 Aug 2016, Mr Sebu’s house in Swaziland with my family. People in this region is living with firewood for cooking. Women are responsible to collect the firewood. For example, Sebus’ wife, Mrs Gamenote walkes up to 1 km to collect the firewood every fortnight. The firewood is used at an indoor kitchen. The situation is similar to what I have seen in many part of the world including West Bali. It is the complex problem of indoor house pollution, deforestation, insecure energy, etc.
Mr Sebu is a hard worker and has many engineering skills and wanting to improve his life with engineering solutions. He is interested in the Su-re.co's biogas bag digester. I hope to send a workable design to him later.
Another think-&-do-tank day for our Su-re.co team. Today, our marketing brains, Florian and Carlo, built a green house with their own hands to dry coffee beans in Jimbrana next week. One hour after that, they made a sales pitch with Alba, Chafia, and Amira to the EC Green-Win project professors in Barcelona and Cape Town via Skype. They explained the synergy of a portable biogas bag and ecological coffee.