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Indonesia: Denpasar Strengthen Capacity to Identify Urban Green Projects into the City Development Strategies

07 July 2020, virtual training and discussion on “Tagging Process for Climate Action Plans (CAPs) Development” was carried out between Denpasar City and IUC Asia, as well as supported by CCROM. The training brought 20 participants, representing numerous city officials, namely Environment Agency; Planning Development Agency; Health Agency;  Educational Agency; Agriculture Agency; Transportation Agency; Tourism Agency; Village Community Empowerment Agency; Social Agency, Department of Housing, Settlement, and Land Areas. The training aimed to orient the participants on how to identify current programs and policies that support low carbon development as well as integrate a Climate Action Plan (CAP) into existing and future Denpasar development strategies.

Mr. Rizaldi Boer of CCROM delivered the presentation, which was identical to previously conducted with Palembang City, Makassar City, and Malang City.    He underlined the need to encourage low carbon development in favor of tackling climate change issues within cities.  In addition, the adoption of a scientific-based policymaking method was highlighted as the key to sort out long-term solutions.

After the presentations, there was a lively discussion among the participant on Denpasar’s initiatives to adapt to and mitigate climate change. The tourism sector, as one of the most important contributors to the Denpasar’s GDP and employment, has taken Tri Hita Karana philosophy into the account of this industry development. “Tri Hita Karana, a Balinese Hindu lifestyle philosophy, is about to maintain a harmonious balance between humankind, the environment, and God Almighty. Taking this into consideration, Denpasar had been the only municipality to implement the Green Hotel Program since 2016. It is a central government’s program through the Ministry of Tourism, which provided assistance, education, and evaluation to the hotel stakeholders. Unfortunately, the plan was halted in 2019 due to a lack of funding.

The urban aesthetic program, initiated by the Department of Housing, Settlement and Land Areas, brought the idea to arrange a green public space and as part of the effort in emission reduction. All dried leaves were treated through composting. The city was looking for an opportunity to install smart street lighting. The lighting strategy aimed to deliver a creative, holistic, and smart approach to meet both a reduction of energy consumption and aesthetic need.

Mandated by the national government, the city has designed the framework of policy and strategy concerning waste management. The framework, namely Jakstrada, describes the monitorable action and target in the quantitative measure following the city’s own capacity. It also lay down on how the city manages the steps of waste hierarchy namely prevention, re-use, recycling, recovery, and disposal.

The outcome of the discussion suggested considering the potential alternative funding to support the green pipeline projects of Denpasar. As a top favorite tourist destination, the city was encouraged to promote sustainable urban design, exploring integrated projects to enhance the aesthetic value and mitigate climate change.

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