Gorontalo, one of CRIC Project's 10 pilot cities, continues to take decisive action after the completion of all its mitigation and adaptation training (August 2021-August 2023) by building on those two years of intensive training with a crucial coordination meeting held in November 2023.
Armed with data GHG inventories, vulnerabilities, and risk indices, the Gorontalo City Climate Working Group or Pokja focused on setting targets after training activities for minimising potential climate impacts. From the adaptation trainings, the Pokja is also armed with data on wet and dry climate risks and urgency calculations for floods and landslides.
The meeting was also a follow-up on the results of the Technical Assistance A2 back in August 2023, and as mentioned, target settings will be an input to determining the main performance indicators of the Regional Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMD) and Long-Term Regional Development Plan (RPJPD).
On the first day, 23 November 2023, the Gorontalo Pokja and the Climate Action Plan (CAP) document writing team met to discuss the drafting of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) document, attended by representatives of the city's Regional Development Planning Agency for Research and Development or Bappelitbang, the CAP drafting team, and the Sulawesi Region field officer (FO).
There were 11 participants in this coordination meeting, consisting of 8 females and 3 males. The shared mission of this meeting is advancing the development of Gorontalo City's CAP report. The focus of the discussion was two-fold: evaluating progress and addressing any roadblocks encountered in crafting the report. Based on the meeting results, it was agreed that the CAP writing team would send the revised results of the CAP preliminary report in the first week of December 2023. Additionally, the CAP writing team provided input for chapters 3 and 4 to facilitate efficient chapter writing, highlighting the need for a report writing guide.
The second day of the coordination meeting was held at the Gran Q Hotel, attended by city department (OPD)representatives such as Bappelitbang, Public Works and Spatial Planning Service, Public Housing and Settlement Area Service, Transportation Service, Social Service, Health Service, BPBD, PDAM, BPS, PLN, and Gorontalo University. There were 30 participants in this coordination meeting, consisting of 19 Females and 11 Males. The meeting delved deep into Gorontalo's climate future, with the FO presenting crucial data. The FO shed light on the results of the climate projection study, potential impact study, risk levels, urgency of action, and how different city departments (OPDs) could strategically align their interventions with the most vulnerable sub-districts. The graphs shown in the meeting further illustrated how these interventions relate to areas with high potential impacts. Following is a description of the results of the coordination:
- The results of the analysis of political impacts, climate risks, and urgency have been agreed upon because these results reflect the realities of Gorontalo City. This shared understanding paves the way for effective action planning.
- While progress has been made in tagging action plans, improvements are needed. Some score values are not aligned with the 7 aspects of development. The Pokja has tasked OPDs with reviewing and revising these for optimal impact.
- The Gorontalo City Pokja gained a clear understanding of where to prioritise resources as Spidergraph analysis allows them to visualise intervention mapping on areas with highest political impact. This clarity empowers them to take targeted action against climate threats.
- Demonstrating their commitment to a resilient future, the Gorontalo City Pokja agreed to the target of reducing potential impacts by 80 per cent for 2024 and agreed to the target or reducing potential impacts by 80 per cent for 2024 and agreed that the calculation of potential impacts would be recalculated following the 5-year RPJMD period.
Contributor: Muhammad Rizki Satria – CRIC Project’s Field Officer for Sulawesi Region