The TWIN-SEA project “Expert network and twinning institute on climate and societal change for South-east Asia”. is funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in scope of the program for the establishment of joint research structures of German universities with partners in Asian Pacific Research Area (APRA) . It deals with the systematization of climate change-related hazards (e.g. sea-level rise), vulnerabilities and risks in coastal urban and peri-urban areas. It also focuses on the analysis and evaluation of measures to strengthen the resilience of coastal communities and to identify best practice examples and low regret measures in the context of risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Knowledge gaps in the understanding of processes as well as application and implementation obstacles of low regret adaptation measures will be addressed

An expert network in Southeast Asia, with an institutional node in Indonesia, will be established in cooperation with additional German and international research institutes and universities in order to systematically improve the German-Indonesian research and development cooperation in this field. The expert network as well as institutional partnership deals with improvement of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) strategies.

The project is funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in scope of the program for the establishment of joint research structures of German universities with partners in Asian Pasific Research. UNU-EHS and LIPI have sigend a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012 and the FI has already signed partnering contract with RISTEK in 2007, emphasizing common interest in the field of human security and environmental change such as climate change.