Catalyzing Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change through Conservation

On Thursday, April 26, we had the honor of welcoming Mr. Satya Tripathi, Director of the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID). A lawyer and an economist by training, Mr. Tripathi’s career includes high-level UN positions in Bosnia, Liberia, Cyprus, Iraq and Indonesia. Most recently, he led the UN office responsible for coordinating international support for the $7.2 billion tsunami recovery efforts in Aceh, Indonesia.

Mr. Tripathi came to the Earth Institute both to meet with CGSD and to speak to students about internship opportunities with UNORCID.

UNORCID is a new UN office, seeking to promote both climate change mitigation and adaption through conservation of forests and preservation of peatlands and biodiversity. The office is organized around the REDD+ system, which uses market and financial incentives to reduce greenhouse has emissions from deforestation and forest degradation while also protecting or promoting development, biodiversity and human rights.  Watch a great video on REDD+ in Indonesia.

The CGSD team, led by Dr. Shiv Someshwar, met with Mr. Tripathi to explore opportunities to collaborate on research and tools to manage fire risk in the Indonesian peat forests. We discussed our ongoing USAID-funded university partnerships, particularly the component to develop a seasonal fire early warning system in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Following the meeting, Mr. Tripathi addressed graduate students, sharing his experiences and discussing the parallels between the Aceh tsunami reconstruction activities and the newly-developed UNORCID (e.g., the same highly capable and committed leadership in the Indonesian government and the critical need for transparency and accountability at every step of the process). Mr Tripathi strongly encouraged students to apply for a 3-6 month internship with UNORCID. It seems like a fantastic opportunity: based on needs and the student’s preferences, the internship could be in Jakarta or one of the field offices. Students would receive mentoring from senior staff and have the opportunity to provide substantive support. It may also include a small stipend from the Indonesian government. Those interested should contact

Kye Baroang is a Program Associate for the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, and serves as member of the Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs


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