On the 11th of October, Pilot4DEV visited Liège to interview some experts regarding the floods in Liège. One of the experts interviewed was Professor Jacques Teller - an urbanist as well as an urban and environmental engineering professor at the University of Liège. Watch the full interview in English on our website.
Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) amplified the voices of local governments by showcasing the climate ambition and actions of Pekanbaru and Mataram in the "Local Authorities as Climate Champions" session at EU-Indonesia Climate Diplomacy Week on Thursday, 14 October 2021.
CRIC collaborated with GCOM SEA and IURC, two other EU-funded programmes coordinated by the UCLG ASPAC, to manage the event, attracting at least 130 participants. This virtual event is part of EU-Indonesia Climate Diplomacy Week 2021 that brought up the theme "Ambition and Action".
Urban Update is an English monthly magazine focused on urban development, municipal affairs, innovation, sustainability, environment, energy efficiency, mobility, science and technology, and business, along with case studies and success stories from Indian and global cities and towns. The magazine is an initiative of the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG).
Pascaline Gaborit’s (Director, Pilot4DEV) article “Necessary for cities to become resilient and adaptive” has been published in the Urban Update Magazine of September 2021.
On the 1st of October, a workshop was held to discuss flood management in Pangkalpinang as well as the possible developments regarding Early Warning Systems (EWS).
Cities and urban areas worldwide face a similar dilemma: the more city grows, the more waste it generates. But the waste challenge is also the impetus for Pekanbaru City to commit to shifting towards climate-resilient and sustainable development through its participation in the Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project.
United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) through Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) officially opened the Climate Action Plan Training in Bandar Lampung on Tuesday 7 September. The first training on Climate Change Science Basis, Vulnerabilities and Risks will take place until 10 September targets the members of the CRIC Working Group of Bandar Lampung.
Climate Action Plan (CAP) Training consists of a series of climate change mitigation and adaptation training seeking to improve the capacity of local governments, specifically CRIC Working Group in ten pilot cities. The CAP kick-off event took place on 31 June 2021, and then the training took place virtually and hybrid afterwards in the cities.
Opening the training, CRIC Project Manager Aniessa Delima Sari – on behalf of the UCLG ASPAC Secretary-General Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi – said that CAP Training is a momentum for the CRIC Working Group to collaborate and be the catalyst of change in the city. She added that this week’s adaptation training in Bandar Lampung would enhance the participants’ knowledge and help Bandar Lampung develop climate change scenarios using applications such as SiBiaS and Google Collab.
“We’re aware that climate change vulnerabilities and risks assessment is not something new to Bandar Lampung since the city already developed it in 2010. In light of that, we hope that the training participants can use this CAP Training to update the previous study. “By combining the result of this training with greenhouse gas inventory, the city can have Climate Action Plan as a basis and guidance for local governments in identifying and elaborating climate-proof strategies and instruments in the priority sector,” she said.
Bandar Lampung Head of Development Planning Agency, Dr. Khaidarmansyah, also attended and opened the training at Emersia Hotel in Bandar Lampung. He thanked CRIC for supporting the city through capacity-building activities and other technical assistance. “I expect that the Working Group members commit to participating fully in this training, so the city can develop Climate Action Plan that we can implement effectively and appropriately,” he said.
Dr. Khaidarmansyah also reiterated the city’s commitment to participate as one of ten CRIC’s pilot cities until 2024. As a pilot city, Bandar Lampung has received the Urban Analysis Report and set out to strengthen its floods early warning system to anticipate the impact of climate change.
Climate Action Plan Training in Bandar Lampung is part of Climate Action Plan Training in ten CRIC’s pilot cities from August 2021 until June 2022. UCLG ASPAC – CRIC Project collaborates with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and CCROM SEAP IPB to deliver the training. The project will use the MoEF-developed tools such as SIGN SMART (greenhouse gas calculation and reporting online application) for mitigation training and SIDIK (vulnerability index information system) for adaptation training.
Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities Project hosted a virtual Climate Action Plan (CAP) Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, 30th June 2021, marking the beginning of climate change mitigation and adaptation training in ten Indonesian pilot cities. At least 100 people attended the event that brought together policymakers at the national and local levels and climate scientists.
The Secretary-General of UCLG ASPAC, Dr Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, opened the event by pointing out that the pandemic has exposed the threshold of our resilience to multi-hazard risks worsened by climate change. With this fact, she added, cities must no longer delay taking action and strategies to combat climate change. "Through CRIC, we aim to help ten pilot cities plan and implement scientifically-based climate actions," she said.
Joining the event was also Mr Hans Farnhammer, the Head of Cooperation for European Union Delegation to Indonesia & Brunei Darussalam. He underlined that addressing climate change is a top priority in Europe that seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also extend to Indonesia as the European Union's strategic partner. He further encouraged cooperation among stakeholders as an instrumental factor in implementing the CRIC Project in ten cities.
CRIC Project will deliver Climate Action Plan training to ten Indonesian pilot cities from July 2021 to May 2022 by collaborating with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry and CCROM IPB. CRIC Project Coordinator Putra Dwitama explained that the entire training would align with the national level strategic climate framework. He added, "CAP is a response to climate emergencies and guidance for city-level climate action and strategies".
In the main event, Professor Rizaldi Boer, the Director of Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management Southeast Asia Pacific (CCROM SEAP) at Bogor Agricultural University/IPB, presented the city level Climate Action Plan framework. Another speaker, Dr Akhmad Faqih from the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology at the IPB, explained the scientific basis of climate change. The event also invited the Indonesia Ministry of Finance's Center for Climate Change Financing & Multilateral Policy Mr Irwan Dharmawan, who elaborated a wide range of climate financing schemes that cities can leverage.
The kick-off event gave a sense of urgency for cities to take climate action while providing cities support and assistance to do so through the CRIC Project. The CAP training will help local governments participate in national and global climate actions through scientifically robust and carefully planned local solutions.
Rewatch the event on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/n8eawoa2FMw
Authors: Astry Nurul Meidina & Maria Serenade
The European Union-funded Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) supports cities to build a climate-resilient and inclusive future through a wide range of technical assistance and capacity building activities. One of its primary activities is delivering the Climate Action Plan (CAP) training in ten Indonesian pilot cities from July 2021 to May 2022.
CRIC is hosting a kick-off event on Wednesday, 30th June, to officially mark the beginning of CAP training. The event will bring together Indonesian policymakers at a national level, local level and climate experts.
CAP training seeks to help pilot cities develop a pathway and road map to achieve its GHG emissions reduction target by 2030, which aligns with the Nationally Determined Contributions. The training also helps the pilot cities formulate their long-term resilience strategies to adapt to climate change. The training’s main target participants are the members of the CRIC working group in each ten pilot cities.
Day/Date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021
Time: 13:00 – 15:30 WIB (GMT+7)
Pilot4dev searching for contributors for a book that will be released in conjunction with the CRIC project.
The book will look at how problems are interconnected at different scales and across disciplines, as well as viable solutions for reducing vulnerabilities and reducing tensions.
For more information, please visit Pilot4dev's website: Pilot4Dev - Call for contributors/chapters Collective publication-Book Europe- South Asia - Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands; Climate Adaptation, Conflicts and Resilience