The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) last 5 August held the Indonesia leg of the 2021 KASpaces Webinar Series.
Carrying the theme “Bridging Sustainability Inclusively,” KASpaces Indonesia served as a virtual platform where representatives of the country’s civil society organizations, governments, policy makers, and academics discussed how to reach Indonesia’s 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
LOCALIZING SDGs TOWARDS NATIONAL GOALS
In his opening remarks, Mr. Christian Echle, KAS Singapore Director of Regional Political Dialogue Asia, said that local governments play a big role in achieving SDGs. “As Indonesia continues to grow rapidly, it is important to look into the situation on the ground and get a broad understanding of the challenges, best practices, and solutions that can help the country reach its sustainable development goals,” said Mr. Echle.
Mr. Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General and Regional Director of ICLEI South Asia Secretariat, and Mr. Victorino Aquitania, Regional Director of ICLEI SEAS, supported this statement and stressed the importance of localizing the implementation of SDGs towards the achievement of national goals.
Ms. Tri Dewi Virgiyanti, S.T., MEM., Director of Housing and Settlements of the Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS, explained that in Indonesia, the integration of SDGs has been included in the 2020-2014 Medium-Term National Development Plan in seven main agendas with five main themes, namely gender mainstreaming, governance, climate, socio-cultural, and digital.
She said, “There is a national coordination team led by Bappenas, involving Ministries, Agencies and non-government actors to ensure inclusiveness.”
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNAL MIGRATION
KASpaces Indonesia was divided into three main technical sessions.
The first technical session on “Sustainable Urban Development and Internal Migration,” was led by Mr. Rudi Mashudi, Bogor City Head of Regional Development Planning Agency; Mr. Agus Tri Haryono, Yogyakarta City Head of Regional Development Planning Agency; Mr. Dhony Rahajoe, Managing Director of Sinarmas Land, Ltd.; and Alwis Rustam, Association of Indonesian Municipalities (APEKSI) Executive Director.
The speakers shared how to tackle the COVID-19 situation while also keeping urban development sustainable through both public and private practices. Mr. Rustam also highlighted the need for program integration, knowledge management, prioritization of sustainable development programs, encouragement of multi-stakeholder intervention, and inclusion of young people into the cities’ leadership in the future.
URBAN CLIMATE RESILIENCE
Serving as speakers for the second technical session on “Urban Climate Resilience,” were Mr. Tommy Alfianto, Balikpapan City Acting Head of Environment Agency; Ms. Niken Arumdari, West Nusa Tenggara (WNT) Province Head of Renewable Energy Department; Mr. Made Aditya, Surya Utama Nuansa Head of Sales and Business Solutions; and Mr. Hendricus Andy Simarmata, Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP Indonesia) President.
The session focused on the innovations made in order to reduce emissions, including a mine-free Balikpapan and the potential of alternative energy sources such as biogas in WNT. Mr. Aditya added that solar power is gaining ground locally as developers have collaborated with many private companies.
Mr. Simarmata noted that to achieve urban climate resilience, parallel urbanization must be carried out with energy consumption, integration of city plans and energy systems, as well as the development of green energy while maintaining food security.
The third technical session on “Sustainable Transportation” was headed by Mr. Yayat Sudrajat, DKI Jakarta Province Head of Road Transport, Transportation Agency; Mr. Saleh Ridha, Jambi City Head of Transportation Agency; Mr. Aditya Nugroho, Transportation Jakarta (Transjakarta), Ltd. Head of Engineering Division; and Mr. Achamad Syafrudin, Director of Committee for the Elimination of Lead Gasoline (KPBB).
Some of the strides made on this front include the priority reform of road users for pedestrians, the Jaklingo integration scheme, and the addition and rejuvenation of city transportation facilities. KPBB also highlighted that because motorcycles consume 37% of fuel in Indonesia, it is necessary to facilitate a gradual shift to non-motorized solutions, as well as to procure clean and low-carbon fuel sources.
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COOPERATION TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
In her closing remarks, Ms. Megha Sarmah, KAS Singapore Program Manager for Regional Political Dialogue Asia, looked forward to the upcoming regional KASpaces session, where participants from all countries will be convened to share their learnings and experiences with each other.
Mr. Ari Mochamad, Country Manager of ICLEI Indonesia, concluded the webinar, saying that there is a need for the public and private sectors to work together towards the realization of SDGs. Beyond traditional corporate social responsibility, there must be support for the development of green technology. Lastly, there must be strategic and inclusive development initiatives between the public and private sectors to maximize the socioeconomic resources between the two.
Watch the full KASpaces Indonesia webinar below: