Jakarta, Indonesia: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) participated in the Busworld Southeast Asia Exhibition 2019 which took place from 20-22 March 2019 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIEXPO). Ms. Gina Karina, Country Manager of Yayasan ICLEI Indonesia, represented ICLEI SEAS during said event.
Busworld Exhibition is the “world’s largest business-to-business exhibition for the bus and coach industry.” This year’s event served as a platform for the private sector, as well as government agencies, civil society organizations, and non-government organizations to network and learn new technologies and solutions to forward sustainable mass transit options.
Ms. Karina served as a resource speaker during the session, Towards Sustainable and Client-Friendly Public Transport in Indonesia/Appealing and restructuring of land transport system towards a better infrastructure in the future.” In her presentation, she shared why mobility is becoming a challenge and how it relates to a local government’s quest for economic development, environmental protection, and sustainability.
“Numerous studies have proved the correlation between poor air quality and sustainable development. A well-integrated public transport will encourage less use of private vehicles and thus less emission and pollution, which ultimately provide the citizen with better air quality,” Ms. Karina explained.
She also shared ICLEI’s EcoMobility program as a means to assist local governments in planning and developing safe, affordable, accessible, resilient, low-emission, and sustainable mobility options. To forward this, ICLEI put together the EcoMobility Alliance, a network of cities, innovators, experts, and businesses that strive to reduce their dependence on fossil-fueled transport options and promote sustainable transit options. ICLEI also organizes the Ecomobility World Festival and Congress, a one-month long celebration and demonstration of ecomobility solutions that cities around the world can replicate and learn from.
Further, Ms. Karina discussed the EcoMobolity Shift Tool, a methodology “designed for cities to measure the performance in urban mobility.” Through this platform, cities can measure and assess their overall performance with regards to ecomobility, identify strengths and points for improvements, and engage stakeholders in the city to act and decide on inclusive and innovative solutions to their transport-related challenges.
Other speakers during the session included Mr. Christopher Karkan of the International Association of Public Transport (IUTP) Singapore; Mr. Deliani Siregar of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP); and Mr. Stefan Arman of CV Laksana.