Cirebon and Bandar Lampung Recognise Cities’ Vulnerability
- Category: News
- Published: Wednesday, 06 July 2022 13:40
- Written by Hizbullah Arief
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.
There are 10 sub-districts (kelurahan) from 126 sub-districts in Bandar Lampung that have high vulnerability - and at the same time have low level of adaptation capacities - in the face of climate changes from the overall 44 sub-districts that will face climate changes in the area.
Puspa Shinta, a representative from Bandar Lampung’s climate change working group mentioned that the city will focus their climate adaptation actions on these 10 sub-districts to help mitigate the risk of fires, floods and landslides in the area.
The city has recognised that the wet season with highest rain falls on February each year and the city’s rain intensities will continue to increase between 2021 and 2050 compared to the baseline. “The intensity in dry season will also increase that make the climate adaptation action compulsory,” Shinta said.
The city has developed early warning system that spreads weather information on a daily basis and informs flooding risk information in every 10 days using WhatsApp group as the main tool of communications. According to Shinta, community’s waste management should be prioritised along with increasing water catchment/retention areas, solving drainage and illegal housing problems to reduce risks of climate-related disasters.
Land and air pollution problems are increasingly common in Cirebon. The city priorities several mitigation actions to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 12.5% between 2011-2030. Cirebon will reduce greenhouse gas emission from two sectors: waste and IPPU (industrial process and product use) by 7.1% in 2030
Operating waste bank has become the city’s number one priority followed by traditional waste management practice of using organic waste as cattle food. The city is also facing increasingly land use changes from agriculture to community housings. This will also potentially increase waste problems in the area.
Unique to Cirebon, the city has started implementing Lahan Sawah Dilindungi (LSD/Protected Paddy Field) programme to prevent agricultural land conversion into residential area that caused by rapid urbanisation.
CRIC Partners are willing to discuss all of those problems above directly with CRIC pilot cities and provide lessons learned and solutions to those climate and environmental problems. Pascaline Gaborit, Founder and Director Pilot4Dev, one of CRIC partners is looking forward to attending exchange of knowledge and experience facilitated by panel of experts for different cities in October. “We will keep in touch further for future corporation,” she said.
Contributors: Aniessa Delima Sari (UCLG ASPAC Regional Project Manager), Abimanyu Arya (CRIC Project Internship), Aditya Pratama Nugraha Akbar (CRIC Project Internship)