Workshop Final Day: From Problems to Objectives for Strategies and Projects

Guest Blog by Dr. Dolores Foley

Tuesday, August 2nd

Today is the last day of our seven day workshop. The sessions today covered Climate Finance and Best Practices for Proposal Development.  Participants learned about the many opportunities that exist for developing and financing potential projects for climate adaptation.

One of the exercises today focused on groups working on creating a Problem Tree and turning it into an Objective Tree. The problem tree identifies the core problem and challenges groups to question initial formulations.The groups had very lively discussions with the instructors about the importance of involving relevant stakeholders in the process. Assigning risk reduction activities can take hours or weeks. Developing an Objective Tree involves the transformation of problem statements into a vision on how things would be if that problem was eliminated. These processes make it easier to create and select activities for implementation.

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At the close of the day participants were given certificates for their participation and gathered for a final photo. The workshop was a great success. We were so impressed at how hard they worked for this seven day workshop. The presentations they made after two days of working in communities were truly outstanding. Many of  the participants told us how lucky they were to be chosen for the workshop.

We also visited with the Mayor Drs. H Burhan Abdurrahman of Ternate.  Ternate is the most populous island of the North Maluku region.  The Mayor asked to meet with us to pursue a greater relationship with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning .

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The island is prone to many disasters including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, flooding, and coastal erosion. The island also has many planning and development issues.  It is very densely populated. The government unsuccessfully tried to encourage development elsewhere by moving the capital to Sofifi on the neighboring island of Halmahera. They built many government buildings that remain vacant as the main economic activity still remains on Ternate. Public workers and others still prefer to live and work on Ternate.

These various development and disaster concerns prompted the Mayor to request a meeting, and he is eager to pursue potential partnerships, joint research and more training opportunities. We found many public officials very positive about our visit and wanting more opportunities to work with the University of Hawaii.

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