Jakarta, Indonesia- Participants representing key stakeholder segments of Jakarta convened on 12 October at the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government to discuss the City’s commitment and strategies towards inclusive and participatory low carbon development.
Representatives of the youth, women, senior citizens, the private sector and other relevant groups were present during the event. Various units of the local government, including the Environment Agency, Industrial and Energy Agency, Public Works, Spatial Plan and Land Agency and others were also in attendance. The public consultation is part of the Ambitious City Promises project, where Jakarta serves as the model city in Indonesia.
Communicating the value of citizen participation, DKI Jakarta’s Deputy Governor for Spatial and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Oswar Mungkasa shared that addressing climate change is not the sole responsibility of the local government alone. Instead, relevant local government units, the private sector, and the citizens should work together to protect and conserve the environment.
To level-off everyone’s knowledge about the concepts which were discussed that day, Country Manager of Yayasan ICLEI Indonesia, Ms. Gina Karina gave a brief discussion about climate change, low emission development, and the ACP project. A representative from the Environmental Agency also shared the Local Climate Action for GHG Inventory (RAD-GRK) and why the citizen’s participation is significant in achieving set targets and goals. She shared that DKI Jakarta committed to reducing GHG emissions by 30% in 2030.
Voices from the ground: The citizens’ take on local climate action
To foster dynamic interaction among the participants, a focus group discussion was conducted. Key takeaways from this session include: build the capacity of women and include them more in local climate action strategies; support and scale up local initiatives such as climate village community; promote the use of sustainable transport options, and explore renewable sources of energy and popularize energy efficiency and conservation measures.
Participants also noted that citizens can help take care of the environment by performing simple actions. Those who want to help can start by bringing reusable tumblers to work or school, minimizing food waste, and ensuring electrical devices and water faucets are turned off when not in use.
Tackling challenges: Surfacing opportunities and solutions
To keep DKI Jakarta on track to meeting its local climate action goals, the participants noted the possible solutions that the city can employ. This includes implementing an awareness-raising campaign, revisiting policies that support low emission development, and establishing an incentive mechanism to encourage the support and cooperation of the private sector, communities, and other stakeholders.
The participants also agreed the City and its citizens should foster open and direct communication lines and ensure the inclusion of all sectors of the society. Synergy and cooperation amongst all stakeholders in Jakarta were considered as key factors in ensuring bottom-up local climate action.
Closing the day with an inspiring note, Gina Karina of ICLEI shared that the public consultation is an early and crucial step towards formulating the City Promise of Jakarta. She noted that participation and cooperation of the citizens do not end here as their support is crucial to achieving the goals and targets of the project.
The ACP is a 3.5-year international project supporting cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam to formulate local climate action plans directed by concrete targets, enhanced multi-stakeholder engagement, and integrated strategies. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) program. The project draws inspiration from the Promise of Seoul, a comprehensive climate action plan launched by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in 2015. SMG also serves as supporting project partner.