CRIC: Support the Advancement of Banjarmasin in Climate Actions

February 2-3, 2023 | UCLG ASPAC Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Programme organised, in hybrid mode, the second climate mitigation training for the city of Banjarmasin, on February 2, 2023. It was facilitated by its technical partner, the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia Pacific (CCROM – SEAP).  

This two-day training was attended by 26 participants (12 men and 14 women) from different local government institutions and national corporations: local development planning agency, city’s environment agency, agriculture agency, housing agency, BPS, PLN, PDPAL, PDAM, and Pertamina. Included were members of the City of Banjarmasin’s Climate Working Group, formed by the CRIC programme to closely support committed local government.  

Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, UCLG ASPAC Secretary General, in her opening speech mentioned that the training will help the city reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the national mitigation scenario detailed in Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contributions. She also invited CRIC Pilot Cities Mayors to attend the panel of experts meeting in Surabaya. “CRIC Panel of Experts Meeting will become the stage for all CRIC experts and city officials to technically discuss all things related to climate action plannings in cities, both, in climate mitigation and climate adaptation,” she added.  Dr. Bernadia also expressed her appreciation for City of Banjarmasin that has been continuously improving its city to becoming a liveable and sustainable city. 

As one of CRIC’s pilot cities, Banjarmasin has received various trainings and technical assistances. The first CRIC climate mitigation training has helped the city analyse GHG inventories and perform climate reporting through Sign Smart, a climate mitigation reporting platform developed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The city has also been able to identify GHG emissions from the energy sector, waste, agriculture, forest, and land use. 

City of Banjarmasin’s advancements in climate actions are also shown from its ability to identify city’s vulnerabilities from climate change along with developing climate vulnerability map and analysis of potential impacts of climate crisis following CRIC’s climate adaptation training programmes. To date, the city has completed two CRIC Climate Change Adaptation Training programmes focusing on scientific foundation of climate change, the calculation of vulnerability and risk and climate vulnerability and risk and climate adaptation plan. 

Ms. Dwi Naniek Muhariyani, Head of Environment Section of City of Banjarmasin, stated that the city has encouraged local communities to be actively involved in climate actions. For example, the city has now 51 villages that were involved in Climate Village Programme or Program Kampung Iklim (Proklim).