Climate Resilient and
Inclusive Cities Project

Aniessa Delima Sari, Regional Project Manager, United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) on behalf of CRIC Project attended the First EU-ASEAN Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Smart Green Cities, that took place at Pullman Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, 22 July 2022.

The workshop was organized by The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in close cooperation with the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) and ASEAN Secretariat in the framework of the Smart Green ASEAN Cities (SGAC) Programme.

The programme - dedicated to foster the development of funding and financing solutions to implement smart green city projects - is a unique initiative of the European Union, implemented by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in consultation with the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) and the ASEAN Secretariat. This workshop aims to take stock of experience and lessons learned from pioneering cities and key stakeholders from the two regions.

In her presentation, Aniessa shared about the CRIC project and its pilot cities' deep involvements in the process of developing Climate Action Plan (CAP). The cities are directly involved in mapping greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, assessing city's vulnerability and risks with help from CRIC training partners from CCROM, IPB.

"Those involvements are signs of CRIC Pilot Cities' better ownerships of the CRIC project and seen as an added value for the project compared to other initiatives that are fully relying on consultants in developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP)," Aniessa said.

CRIC pilot cities, according to Aniessa, are also mainstreaming climate resilience and climate actions in their development plans. The mainstreaming process - called programme tagging - identifies local climate initiatives and links those initiatives to local development budgeting and funding. "This is important as pilot cities realise that they are in the forefront in efforts tackling climate change, which makes the climate actions committed relevant," she added.

Aniessa mentioned that climate finance is an obvious necessity for building climate resilience. However, climate finances - to tap financing on climate-resilience related investments - are rarely being assessed, as cities are still having a gap in the Climate Action Plan development. 

Learning from CRIC pilot cities' experiences Aniessa offered some opportunities to boost cities' capacity on climate financing. Those opportunities include: strengthening capacity of "city's planners" on climate finances at the same time understanding of potential investors on climate resilience; improving cities' understanding on climate investment criteria and increasing institutional capacity of those cities to deliver climate projects.

CRIC's involvement in this workshop is important to fully capitalize on good practices developed through previous/ongoing regional initiatives. The event will also provide a first platform for peer-to-peer exchange and lay the foundation for an EU-ASEAN Community of Practice on Smart & Green Cities.

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Contributors: Aniessa Delima Sari (UCLG ASPAC Regional Project Manager)

Cities have recognized many actions that could increase climate resilience. Mainstreaming actions on climate resilience will becoming cities' priorities in the future. These statements came from Basuni, representative of Samarinda climate change working group from the city’s environment office during Online Dialogue Forum between CRIC Pilot Cities and Partners, in Thursday, 7 July 2022. 

City of Bandar Lampung has recognised city’s vulnerability to climate changes during online dialogue forum with Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) partners, Wednesday, 29 June, 2022.

City of Kupang and Pekanbaru detailed environmental challenges as climate changes. These findings unveiled during Online Dialogue Forum when Climate Change Working Group from City of Kupang and City of Pekanbaru met with Climate Resilience and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) partners, Wednesday, 29 June 2022.

"I hope that CRIC Pilot Cities do not repeat the same mistakes European cities had done in the last century," said Sara Silva, Project Coordinator at Ecolise during online dialogue forum between CRIC pilot cities and CRIC international partners, Tuesday, 28 June 2022.

City of Ternate and City of Mataram, both are Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project’s pilot cities informed their current status of climate adaptation and mitigation plans in front of CRIC international partners: Pilot4DEV and ACR+, at online dialogue forum event in Thursday, June 23, 2022. CRIC Project is European Union funded Project implemented by UCLG ASPAC.

“Bottom-up approach is at the heart of the third climate mitigation training.” This statement was conveyed by Raindras Dwiarsa, Staff at Balai Pemantapan Kawasan Hutan (BPKH) or Forest Area Establishment Agency XIV Kupang interviewed by CRIC Project, Friday, 17 June, when attending the third day of climate mitigation training at Sotis Hotel, facilitated by Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project.

City of Gorontalo received first Climate Action Plan Adaptation training (A1) from Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project. The training was held between 2-8 June 2022, in Gorontalo, North Sulawesi. The climate adaptation training was supported by two Indonesian research centres namely CCROM and IPB university.

At the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), UCLG ASPAC, CRIC's lead partner, is co-organizing a side event on climate and SDGs with the Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS. 

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