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Marking a significant milestone, Banjarmasin city’s Climate Working Group or Pokja completed its hybrid M3 or mitigation training, empowering the city to develop its mitigation Climate Action Plan (CAP).

This impressive turnout – with 50% women’s participation – exemplifies a strong local commitment to tackling climate changes collaboratively. Over two days (20 November and 4 December 2023), 30 participants attended the training, whicn included representatives of the city’s Climate Working group or Pokja, local companies (PDAM and PDPAL), PLN UP3, local environmental organisations and activists.

Through an online discussion facilitated by CCROM as experts, the Banjarmasin Pokja tackled the crucial action of tagging climate mitigation actions, delving into waste, energy, and AFOLU sectors one by one. This collaborative and focused approach in the tagging process yielded a clear roadmap of activities that relate to tangible climate mitigation action or programmes.  A common concern emerged in setting the criteria value of each programme, however, participants’ active engagement and insightful contributions ensured a comprehensive criteria assessment. 

Moving beyond sector-specific silos, the Banjarmasin Pokja embraced a participatory approach in the technical assistance session of the training. By involving all participants in a detailed programme-by-programme discussion, they aimed to ensure accurate identification and categorisation of programmes across all sectors. This process led to several adjustments such as reclassifying tagging programmes related to landfill gas from the energy sector to the waste sector. The city’s Environmental Agency (DLH) further enriched the discussion by introducing general programmes such as waste handling and management, sparking valuable insights into categorisation such as landfill and waste transportation (compactors, dump trucks, arm rolls, etc.). The working group provided input, proposing criteria separation based on activity or type of handling. This forward-thinking approach can contribute to prioritising programmes with the highest emission reduction potential, paving the way for a more impactful climate action strategy in Banjarmasin city. . 

Results of the CRF and KCA interim analysis within the tagging process prompted the working group, as represented by  Mr.  Hamdi to suggest the alignment of said results with the tagging of priority climate mitigation priority programmes, particularly emission reduction from sectors that are still below 95% of the KCA figure.  After a discussion on updating the scoring of tagging programmes, the working group identified several programmes from the energy sector that can be prioritised. These include solar street lighting, LED street lighting, and integrated public transport. 

Banjarmasin City also includes company that uses biomass; however this contribution cannot be included in the tagging programme it is a private-sector activity. However, the document notes that several companies at the city level have been able to minimise fossil fuel consumption by using biomass, and GHG reduction analysis calculations can also be carried out in the Biomass Power Plant sector.

In addition, CRIC Project’s field officer also held discussions related to the results of adaptation in Banjarmasin City by obtaining input from the Pokja such as Mrs. Selly from Banajarmasin’s development agency or Bappeda Litbang, who stated that "with the tagging carried out by the working group, when the climate change action plan becomes a document, the Pokja will also escort it into development steps in the coming years. Tagging and its output can also support each OPD scale its planning in each OPD for the scope of the area and its problems."

She also added "The results of adaptation and mitigation can be an input for the future in the budget and changes in 2024 and beyond, as well as for priority areas based on the results of the analysis of adaptation adjusted to the results of the analysis of potential impacts and SDGs."

Contributor: Kesuma Yanti. She is a CRIC Project Field Officer for the region of Kalimantan.

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