Monday, 07 September 2015 00:00

Central Java Province gathered cities/regencies for Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) of RAD-GRK Mitigation Actions

Surakarta, 24-26 August 2015. Since provincial RAD-GRK reporting started in 2013, reports submitted to national government are mostly reports on mitigation actions at provincial level although there are many mitigation actions already initiated at city level by city government. Against this background, the Provincial Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) of Central Java organized a 3 day coordination meeting on the Implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) of RAD-GRK Mitigation Actions for Central Java in Surakarta, 24-26 August 2015, inviting representatives from 35 cities/regencies and companies. This meeting is the first coordination meeting initiated by a provincial government to involve cities/regencies in provincial MER report. The objective of the meeting is to develop capacity of government staff in cities/regencies in filling MER report and in understanding the concept of mitigating climate change. The meeting was attended by around 160 participants and was facilitated by GIZ Paklim and GE-LAMAI.   The meeting was opened by the head of Central Java Bappeda, followed by presentations from Bappenas on RAD-GRK status and Central Java Legislatives (Komisi B and Komisi D) on legislation policy support for emission reduction in Central Java from the agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors. The participants were then grouped into 3 sectors (land-based, energy-based and waste) for a focused training on mitigation reduction calculation and MER reporting using MER RAD-GRK format prepared by national government. In the land-based sector, participants were able to list mitigation actions at city level related to carbon stock increase, and not much on prevention of carbon reduction. It was also discussed that forest areas are usually under the authority of State-owned enterprise of Perhutani, hence coordination is needed. In the energy-based sector, for energy, as data is available (on renewable energy power plants, biogas digester, efficient street lights etc), participants were able to report existing mitigation actions using MER RAD-GRK format. Challenges were faced mostly for transport sector as survey is needed to generate required data. In the waste sector, as data required to fill the MER RAD-GRK format (e.g. waste volume per waste category) is not available, it was proposed to establish a working group at city/regency level to coordinate data collection.   As a follow up, Central Java Bappeda will need to do a follow up coordination to collect the MER report from cities/regencies particularly for land-based and waste sector, once data is available. Furthermore, there are also additional mitigation actions that are not available in MER RAD-GRK format and need to be accommodated in order to calculate emission reduction.