The Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities or CRIC project is a partnership project in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Europe, which is co-funded by the European Union. The project is implemented by UCLG ASPAC through collaboration with 10 pilot cities which are committed to conduct and ensure climate-resilient and inclusive development in order to help cities build a resilient and inclusive future through various actions, including policy dialogue and tools development.

Climate-resilient and inclusive cities must be determined by strong commitment from local governments as they are closest to communities to support, implement and integrate climate-resilient and inclusiveness as priority aspects in development planning through local policy. However, local government cannot achieve climate-resilient and inclusive cities without any support from the national government.

Therefore, this event is conducted to facilitate a policy dialogue regarding climate change issues and urban development integration, as well as to strengthen the coordination and communication between local and national government.

During the opening session, Drs. Sri Tantri Arundhati, M.Sc., Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, mentioned that “The CRIC project, in collaboration with 10 pilot cities can contribute to the climate resiliency agenda. The concrete actions carried out by the 10 pilot cities are expected to be replicated in other cities in Indonesia.”

Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC addressed that climate-resilient achievement in cities is always in line with the global development agendas such as SDGs, Paris Agreement, and the national constitution. This commitment shows the cities’ strategic role in attaining the NDCs target to reduce GHG emissions by 29% independently and 41% with international assistance by 2030.

Ms. Henriette Faergemann, First Counsellor for Environment, Climate and Digital European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, said that this ambition requires a large and coordinated effort from all parts of society and transformation for all sectors of the economy.

The opening session followed by the signing commitment of cities to achieve climate-resiliency and the handover of Urban Analysis Report to cities by CRIC to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mayor of Bandar Lampung, Mayor of Samarinda, Mayors of Ternate, and Mayors of Semarang.

During the policy dialogue, mayors from four cities shared some best practices in tackling specific climate issues. Bandar Lampung city has worked on their river management, such as river blocking and water diversion to cope with the flood and waste.

Meanwhile, Ternate city government has published some regulations regarding water quality and environmental management. They also put priority in educating people who lives along the river for not littering the river. And the city is also committed to build 1000 infiltration wells.

The Samarinda city government implemented various actions towards sustainable city development. The city government has facilitated trees and plant donations through programs namely “Si Pesut” and “Kusuma Cinta+”. Samarinda city has also successfully recieved second place on the best Climate Village program implementation in Indonesia.

To cope with climate change issues, the Mataram city government has created bio pores to reduce the inundation points. Since Mataram’s final landfill is managed by the provincial government, Mataram city has placed a priority on waste problems faced within the city. Moreover, they are committed to increase the green open space and preparing installations of water waste management.

Giving an urgency towards the climate action, these four cities have also issued this climate-resilient action on their Regional Medium Term Development Plan or Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Daerah or RPJMD.

By the end of the dialogue, it was concluded that the support from the national government is just as crucial. The four mayors hope that there will be a provision of a larger budget from the national government, as well as a more flexible and easier communication between local and national government and integrated regulation among related ministries.

In the closing session, it was highlighted that CRIC will continuously assist the 10 pilot cities to enhance their capacity in climate resilience and inclusive cities development, and also to implement the climate change adaptation and mitigation action plans.

By KM Team