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Yogyakarta, 24-25 March 2015. Waste banks, where people can exchange their non-organic solid waste for money, are becoming a profitable solution to the piles of toxic trash that often pollute Indonesian towns and cities, including the ancient temple city of Yogyakarta. Supporting this development, Yogyakarta City Environmental Agency (Badan Lingkungan Hidup, BLH) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), assisted by GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3, have held a two-day waste management workshop to provide relevant technical skills to waste bank groups and school communities. Among the participants were teachers from waste management pilot project schools, representatives of local non-government organizations and waste bank groups, as well as officials from BLH Yogyakarta City, BLH Malang and MoEF. They all gained valuable knowledge of the social, economic and organizational aspects of waste management. They also learned about challenges and opportunities in sustainable development of the program. The workshop underlined that waste management should be seen not as an isolated activity, but as a holistic approach that is essential for improving communities. Waste banks reduce land pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and are also a business that can provide households and communities with additional income. Opening the workshop were the Head of the MoEF Waste Control Division, Mr. Agus Saefudin, and the Head of BLH Yogyakarta City, Mr. Irfan Susilo. They noted that waste banks provide: (1) environmental value, (2) social value and (3) economic value. Both men emphasized the importance of waste bank activities, which are gaining increasing public awareness and participation, including from the urban poor. On the first day of the workshop, participants learned how waste bank activities can solve social issues, and practiced identifying waste bank strategies for further development. They then considered how communities and schools can reinforce waste management teamwork. On the second day, participants were trained to calculate the carbon emissions of waste. This enabled them to measure how far their activities contribute to reducing carbon emissions, so they can implement regular monitoring and measurement. At the end of the workshop, participants and waste bank facilitators agreed to develop a system for all members to communicate effectively in improving waste banks. They also formulated a simple action plan on waste bank activity and carbon emissions calculations. The workshop is expected to empower schools and waste bank groups to better protect the environment. Skills gained by participants will help to build a standardized and integrated program on climate change issues and waste data. The workshop should also raise public participation in the formulation of waste management policies and strategies, including the ongoing development of waste bank organizations.
Efforts to improve environmental management in the ancient temple city of Yogyakarta have received a boost with additional training for selected schools and a wastebank community conducting eco-mapping.   GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3 on Climate Change Awareness and Education, together with the Yogyakarta City Environmental Agency, had in late 2015 commenced a multi-tiered eco-mapping process for a wastebank community and seven schools, including state junior high schools (SMPN), senior high schools (SMAN) and vocational high schools. The process had reached the second stage, an environmental audit, and was considered in need of reinforcement.   Over February 16-18, 2016, the Yogyakarta Education Office and Environmental Agency joined forces with GIZ PAKLIM to hold a training workshop on eco-mapping. The training was led by two experienced facilitators from other GIZ PAKLIM WA3 pilot schools, Mrs Dwi Iriani (SMAN 7 Malang) and Mrs Luci Christiyanti (SMAN 6 Bekasi).   The training provided participants with skills in eco-mapping implementation at a more advanced level to ensure the process can be expanded and sustained. Attendees discussed lessons learned and best practices from their experience in managing the green movement.   During the three-day workshop, participants received technical training in climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as managerial training such as leadership skills, organizational culture and action plan creation. They also broadened their understanding of environmental and climate change issues and learned how to improve their creative and strategic thinking.   The training marked the start of a journey toward providing communities with higher environmental awareness and environmental management. By sharing their initiatives, the teachers, principals and wastebank representatives gained new insights into managing environmental issues.   Waste management, energy conservation and school-wastebank collaboration were the top three issues in the action plan formulated by participants. It is expected that a strong relationship and joint cooperation will result from the workshop. The wastebank community’s skills in managing waste will be useful to schools, while in return, the schools’ creative human resources can help the wastebank to popularize environmental management.   Budi Nugroho, a teacher of SMAN 1 Yogyakarta, said the reinforcement, especially the leadership training, would enable the schools and communities to better protect their local environment. “Having trained in climate change adaptation and mitigation, leadership, organizational culture and action plan creation within these three days, I’m sure we will able to create an impactful action plan,” he said.  
Jakarta, 1-4 February 2016 – Entering a climate change-themed competition is one way that school students can show concern for the environment, but winning the competition requires a combination of skill, creativity, awareness, and passion for conservation. Those qualities were evident when students from State Senior High School 6 (SMAN 6) Bekasi and Jakarta Labschool won competitions at the Indonesian Climate Festival held by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF).   SMAN 6 Bekasi in West Java and Jakarta Labschool are among several schools selected for environmental pilot projects guided by GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3 on Climate Change Awareness and Education.   Following the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in France, which resulted in the Paris Agreement to combat global warming, the MoEF held the Indonesian Climate Festival to familiarize citizens with their country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The festival provided information on efforts to accelerate national climate change mitigation and adaptation programs through sustainable development measures.   The festival involved a workshop, talk show, on-stage entertainment, training and competitions. Participants included government institutions, the media, development partners, community groups, the private sector and the public.   Speakers at the event included Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution and Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Stig Traavik.   Visitors were able to participate through citizen journalism training, as well as painting, caricatures, debates, and poster and miniature sustainable city competitions.   SMAN 6 Bekasi was represented by five students in the miniature sustainable city competition and won first prize. In the poster competition, first prize in the senior high school category went to students from Jakarta Labschool.
27–28 July 2016 – A project that teaches Indonesian school students how to handle environmental issues has been showcased at a meeting of world leaders drafting an international agreement on guidelines for the sustainable growth of cities for the next two decades.   Eco-mapping conducted by schools in the East Java city of Malang in cooperation with GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3 on Climate Change Awareness and Education, was exhibited at the meeting held in the East Java capital of Surabaya over 27–28 July.   The Surabaya gathering was the third session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016.   The UN Habitat Conference is held every 20 years with the twin aims of adequate shelter for all people and sustainable human settlements. Habitat I was held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976, and Habitat II was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996.   Ahead of Habitat III, the Preparatory Committee met in New York in September 2014 and in Nairobi in April 2015 to discuss sustainable urbanization and settlement with stakeholders and local authorities. These meetings were followed by PrepCom3 in Surabaya.   PrepCom 3 included several seminars and an exhibition. The seminars provided a platform for stakeholders to present research and projects on sustainable urban development topics, such as gender equality in urban development. The exhibition showcased projects, innovations and solutions from member states, communities and organizations working on housing and sustainable urban development.   The eco-mapping process was one of the environmental solutions showcased at the Malang local government’s booth. A short animated film showed how the environmental management system is applied in schools in Malang. The smart yet simple film highlighted the participatory and active learning undertaken by pupils.   The aim of this exposition of eco-mapping over the three-day exhibition was to provide urban planners and policymakers with insight into a student-led sustainable environment movement in schools.   Arina Marta, a graduate in urban planning from Surabaya’s Tenth of November Institute of Technology, said eco-mapping is important because it builds environmental awareness in children from a young age. “I think the good thing about this eco-mapping is that it involves moral education toward the environment for teachers, students and the whole school community,” she said.