Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific Dialogue Fellowships: Managing the challenges of climate change and development in China and Indonesia

April 2012

The Asia Pacific Dialogue study tour program provided an opportunity for five Australian and five Asia Pacific journalists to assess first-hand the difficulties and solutions in addressing climate change impacts and issues in Indonesia and China’s highly-populated and developing economies.

The program was supported by the Myer Foundation and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

The Australians and journalists from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea met in Melbourne for a seminar program before heading to Jakarta in Indonesia, and Beijing, Jinan and Weihai in China.

The journalists had the opportunity to build links with credible sources of information in the region and to identify news angles for reporting on the complex challenge for Indonesia and China in minimising negative environmental and social impacts while sustaining economic growth.

During the study-tour the journalists met experts, senior policy makers and journalists to assess energy policies, renewable energy targets, carbon trading pilot schemes and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programs.

APJC fellows:


Mr Tom Arup, The Age
Mr Patrick Durkin, The Australian Financial Review
Ms Tracee Hutchison, Radio Australia and ABC News Radio
Mr Peter Michael, The Courier Mail
Mr Greg Muller, ABC Rural Radio


Ms Margaret Apau, The Borneo Post, Malaysia
Mr Ramesh Bhushal, International Media Network, Nepal
Ms Bintang Krisanti, Media Indonesia, Indonesia
Ms Nasayau Lurang, FM100, Papua New Guinea
Ms Malayvieng Vongchandy, Lao National Television, Laos