Addressing Climate Change into Regional Development Plan

A session by IDH

Date : Monday, 13 November 2017
Time : 13.00 – 14.30
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP 23, Bonn Zone, Bonn, Germany


Adapting to climate change is a rapidly growing challenge. The climate change impacts are likely to undermine planned development outcomes in a number of countries including Indonesia, and pose significant challenges for the resilience of many livelihoods and ecosystems. Development planning to balance production and protection responses play an important role in addressing these challenges, and integrating climate change resilience into these responses is fast emerging as a major policy agenda item.

In order to support the Indonesia’s NDC, Provincial and Districts Leaders are trying to mainstream a Green Growth and low carbon economy development into their regional development plans. South Sumatra, Jambi, North Kalimantan and West Kalimantan are some Provincial leaders, which recognize that the development choices today could influence the future adaptive capacity of Provincial Governments toward climate change. They are developing their economics and infrastructures but minimizing its destructive effects to the environment.  In addition, progressive Districts such as Gorontalo in South Sulawesi has also acted by allocating 10 % from their local budget and village fund for climate change programs like Kambungu Beresi, while Mappi District in Papua is actively mapping peat and preparing innovative programs such Desa Peduli Gambut in order to protect peat while empowering the local communities.

Therefore, Local Leaders cannot afford to delay adaptation planning and action. The National target is supportive of this and has sought to harness and align with the political leadership of committed Governors and Bupatis in the fight against climate change, environmental degradation and deforestation while empowering the local communities, and working with sustainable commodities in increasing the economy and productivity at jurisdictional level.

It is suggested that “Green Growth Development” can only be achieved through:

(a) improved productivity of existing land and commodities and improved renewable energy use as well as increased added value (market and finance)

(b) strengthening protection and restoration of forest and peat

(c) improved welfare of villagers, local communities or smallholders

The panel discussion will focus on progresses and challenges faced by the Subnational leaders in realizing a Green Growth and low carbon development in their Regionals. In addition, it will elaborate the way those can be aligned with the National agenda effectively. International community will see this effort as collective actions for operational works in the ground, which open the opportunity for them to contribute.



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