Asia and the Pacific

Daffodil International University: SDGs in Higher Education

As an institute of higher educational, Daffodil International University (DIU) in Bangladesh is committed to respond to the universal call for the SDGs and has been taking actions to comply with the United Nation’s endeavors and to support the Government of Bangladesh for the achievement of desired outcomes under the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Regionalisation of rainfall runoff modelling for flood forecasting in Indonesia

Flooding is the most frequent disaster in Indonesia, causing significant damage. Almost all areas in Indonesia experience flooding and more than 1 million households are affected on an annual basis. In order to prevent flooding, some approaches have been applied such as flood mitigation dikes and flood detention basins but these cost a lot of time and money. On the other hand, the development of flood warning systems can be implemented relatively fast with relatively low cost, and it can minimize flood-induced economic damage and also avoid fatality.

Developing best practice to protect children from air pollution in Indonesia

Air pollution is a severe threat to children’s health and wellbeing. Children exposed to particulate air pollution are predicted, throughout their life-course, to experience illness and neurodevelopmental issues with considerable risk to quality of life and earning potential. The pollutants may be particulate or gaseous and are emitted from a very diverse range of sources, including from various types of outdoor or indoor combustion.

When the shaking stops: an evaluation of post-earthquake heritage rehabilitation in Hanuman Dhoka’s Durbar Square

The Gorkha Earthquake that struck central Nepal on 25th April 2015 caused extensive damage to the historic centre of Kathmandu, much of which is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main palace that houses Hanuman Dhoka’s Palace Museum, as well as numerous temples and traditional Sattals (rest houses) or pavilions, were damaged or destroyed. In many LDC contexts like in Kathmandu, post-earthquake rehabilitation is dependent on the resilience of the communities, and their successful interaction with policy makers, engineers and architects.

Governing the energy-water nexus; sustainable resource governance for development in Turkey

In Turkey’s Western Anatolia, unprecedented funds are committed to the development of geothermal resources and energy infrastructure. Deep geothermal energy projects, in particular, grew in size and number in the last 15 years. These are almost always located in the proximity of largely agrarian communities in peri-urban and rural settings with a longstanding tradition of agriculture such as fig, grape and/or olive production.

Adapting to climate change through drought-resistant agriculture in Cambodia

Longer dry seasons & lower than average/erratic rainfall are feeding drought conditions in Cambodia. The impacts are serious for subsistence farmers, whose livlelihoods and food security depend on consistent rainfall. 

In 2004, 480,000+ ha. crops were destroyed due to drought; in 2018, drought affected 52,000+ people and 96,929 ha. Such events can be exacerbated by the El Nino Soutehrn Oscillation. 

Designing smart functionalised surfaces for water harvesting

The United Nations estimates that over one in ten people across the world do not have access to clean water. Hence, affordable, eco-sustainable methods for water collection are a major global challenge facing society today, especially in developing countries. In this project, we will focus on Indonesia. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with 260M people, and it is estimated that more than 27M Indonesians still lack access to clean water.

Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s fertile land has been key to growth and has offered millions of people a hand out of poverty. 

That growth is becoming increasingly precarious as the impacts of a warming planet intensify.

The changes pose a particularly acute threat to the coastal poor, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and whose homes sit atop the low-lying plain astride the Bay of Bengal.