Tuesday, 29 December 2015 00:00

Bridging Climate Action from National to Local: The Development and Capacity Building Environment Cadres on Environment and Climate Change Issues

[Jogjakarta, 18 December 2015]. In tackling climate change, all stakeholders including communities have important roles in managing the impact and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. In order to incorporate further of the community roles in supporting government for tackling climate change, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) supported by PAKLIM GIZ hosted a series of trainings for Community and Leaders on Community-based Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Activities two cities,  Malang 17-19 November 2015 and Yogyakarta, 16-18 December 2015. The target of this training is community representative and leaders in environmental issues. The objective of these series of trainings is to develop capacity of the community in climate change mitigation and adaptation, through technical training, eco-mapping and community self-assessment tools. MoEF participation involves PUSLATMAS PGL (Pusat Pelatihan Masyarakat  dan Pengembangan Generasi Lingkungan) and Directorate of Climate Change Adaptation, and PAKLIM GIZ consist of Work Area 1 (National and Local Policy Advice) and Work Area 3 (Climate Education and Awareness). The training for both cities was carried out in 3 days for 130-150 participants from community level surrounding PAKLIM partner cities in East Java, Jogjakarta and Central Java, and covers topics such as basic introduction of environment and climate change issue in Indonesia, the linkage between national and local policy on climate change policy and its’ impact in local communities, the roles of communities in climate change related sectors such as waste and energy, the introduction of low tech and appropriate technologies, the steps on identification of issue and developing action plans, through introduction and training of community self-assessment tool, eco-mapping and practical exercises on biogas, agroforestry and organic farming.  During the training, enthusiasm and active participation was shown by the participants. Various environment and climate change issue from technical and managerial aspects also discussed between the sessions. The discussion revolves on issues such as the climate change impacts around their communities and strategies to cope, government roles and support on the communities efforts, common environmental pollution that occurs among communities such as water pollution and untreated waste, waste bank management and marketing. The participants also did an exercise of developing environmental and climate actions plan for their own communities. From the training, the community representatives and leaders have increased capacity, insights and knowledge on climate change issue and later able to replicate the experience back in their respective village and play a facilitator role to gain insights from fellow community on priority climate mitigation and adaptation plan. Later on the knowledge can be implemented and assist community in developing their own further climate friendly village.