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Written by: Hizbullah Arief

In its final stages of implementation, the Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) project reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening collaboration and empowering pilot cities for long-term sustainability through a coordination meeting with partners held on Thursday, 20 June 2024.

In this meeting, with the CRIC Project Management Unit (PMU), Mr. Hizbullah Arief, CRIC Regional Project Manager, stressed the project’s efforts to leave legacies in all pilot cities.

CRIC Project - working with relevant stakeholders - is currently expediting the development of Climate Action Plans (CAPs) that will serve as a roadmap for the pilot cities’ mid-term (5 years) and long-term (20 years) development plans.

As of 20 June 2024, eight (8) pilot cities have completed the first and second chapters of CAP reports, with only the City of Kupang and City of Pangkalpinang undergoing review by the CRIC PMU.  

The CAP report originally consisted of six chapters. The first and second chapters provide the general conditions of the city. The third chapter analyses greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, baseline data, and future GHG scenarios. Chapter four assesses climate risks and vulnerabilities and maps climate urgencies. Chapter five highlights priority actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the sixth chapter concludes the report.

Along with the above interventions, CRIC Project’s partners are finalising tools and training materials for pilot cities, specifically in addressing thematic problems on climate-related disasters, waste, and water and sanitation issues.

These tools and training materials will be implemented during the upcoming panel of experts event in Bali in October 2024 and India which is planned for either September or December 2024. The panel of experts event in Bali will generally discuss nature-based solutions, waste management and bioregional governance. Meanwhile, the final event in India will address sustainable financing while exploring potential business matchmaking opportunities.

Lastly, the CRIC PMU is currently editing five (5) climate mitigation and four (4) adaptation modules developed by CCROM in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Additionally, CRIC is collaborating with other climate projects and initiatives under UCLG ASPAC such as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Southeast Asia(GCoM SEA) for which UCLG ASPAC hosts the Secretariat, and Urban-Act to develop CAP Guidelines as part of the sustainability strategy of the project.

During the meeting, CRIC Partner from Pilot4Dev, Pascaline Gaborit mentioned that they are finalising the disaster management plan with Plan Your Safety consultants regarding the development of tools in early warning systems and disaster management.

They plan to visit pilot cities (Bandar Lampung and Pangkalpinang) with Prof. Youssef Diab from Universite Gustave Eiffel (UGE) as CRIC partner developing training materials in this sector. Additionally, Prof. Diab plans for CRIC to publish video training materials on the CRIC website and YouTube channel. From UGE and Pilot4Dev partners, the overarching goal is to ensure that tools and training materials are adapted to local contexts, thereby enhancing city resilience.

Visnhu Rao as CRIC partner from All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILG), is coordinating logistics for the final CRIC panel of experts in a chosen city in India. This event will focus on sustainable financing – a topic that his team at AIILSG is developing through the Node for Sustainable Financing which is also planned to be finalised.

Sara Silva, ECOLISE project coordinator also mentioned how ECOLISE is developing training materials on water and sanitation as well as bioregional governance. This was followed by a report by Anita Lombardo, CRIC partner from ACR+ who mentioned the current finalisation of tools in waste management currently being tested in the pilot cities of Samarinda, Pekanbaru and Cirebon.

Anita also appreciated feedback from CRIC field officers in the three cities for continuous improvement of the tools by ACR+. Furthermore, the ACR+ team plan to discuss the tools and their wider applicability during the October panel of experts and will introduce the short version of the waste management training materials at the same time.

A unique cooperation between cities, officials, civil society organizations, and academics towards resilient and inclusive cities.

Co-funded by EU

This project is co-funded by the European Union


Hizbullah Arief

Pascaline Gaborit