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JSIS senior and Daily reporter Sandi Halimuddin shares her experience traveling to Indonesia with one of this year’s traveling task forces in today’s Daily! Here’s a snippet:

For the first two weeks of winter quarter, my academic studies occurred in government buildings and NGO offices, my homework involved trekking through rice paddies and mountainous forests, and my teacher was the beautiful country of Indonesia.

As part of the Jackson School of International Studies’ task force program on climate change in Indonesia, I traveled with UW associate professor Celia Lowe and seven undergraduates to Indonesia with the goal of researching carbon emissions from deforestation and land-use changes.

Yet the scholarly endeavors were only a piece of the full learning experience I had in broadening my understanding of the history, politics, and culture of my father’s home country, Indonesia.

We traveled 8,386 miles to Indonesia, where we researched and created policy recommendations for the United Nations’ program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. REDD+ is a global attempt to create financial incentives for forest conservation in Indonesia.

Equipped with nothing but a few weeks worth of knowledge about forestry rights in Indonesia and elementary Bahasa Indonesian skills, I felt underqualified to produce non-trivial recommendations to a United Nations representative about how REDD+ can be implemented in an efficient, effective, and equitable manner. We worked in collaboration with a University of Indonesia research team led by Dr. Suraya Afiff, a professor of political ecology in the university’s anthropology graduate program. Our Indonesian counterparts were invaluable as academic partners, translators, cultural brokers, and friends.


To read more, check out the rest of the article here!

Volume 1 Number 1 – Spring 2010


Sophie Kimura


Displaced By Nature


This paper introduces emerging concerns facing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the international community with regards to forced migration due to natural disasters and climate change. This paper analyzes how the United States can better support those who are facing these threats as well as how to better prepare for them. Recommendations include recognizing environmentally forced migrants as a population that faces challenges comparable to Convention Refugees and hence is deserving of legal protection, distinguishing environmentally forced migrants from economic migrants, and addressing climate change to prevent a massive migration scenario.