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Pusat Transformasi Kebijakan Publik
Pusat Transformasi Kebijakan Publik
LIMBOTO, 8 February 2017– The Gorontalo District Government conducted Socialization of Climate Change Policy and Adaptation at Marten Liputo Building, Wednesday (8/2). During this opportunity, the Gorontalo District Head socialized 19 Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Programs to all Local Working Units (SKPD), Subdistrict Heads, and Village Heads, especially those from villages highly vulnerable to climate change. The objective is to provide understanding on climate risks facing Gorontalo District and the strategic measures taken by the District Government in 2017.

Previously, the Gorontalo District Government, through its CCA Working Group (Pokja API) cooperating with the Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi), developed a CCA strategy and integrated it into the Local Intermediate Term Development Plan (RPJMD) 2016-2021 and Local Government Work Plan (RKPD) 2017. At the operational level, there are 19 environmental and CCA programs enshrined by the Gorontalo District Government into the Work Plan (RENJA) of 9 relevant SKPD, and Work Plan and Budget (RKA) 2017.

The Gorontalo District Head, Nelson Pomalingo, explained the climate change direction and policy taken by the local government, and how Gorontalo is aiming to become a district with high resilience against the impacts of climate change. In addition, Nelson mentioned that a budget of Rp. 53,9 billion or 10,5% of the total Local Budget in 2017 has been allocated to implement CCA programs.

The basis of its CCA strategy and programs is the climate vulnerability and risk assessment co-developed by the Gorontalo District Government and Transformasi. This assessment also recommended adaptation options to improve the people’s resilience in facing climate disasters, such as flood, draught, and landslide.

“We clearly felt the negative impact of climate change in Gorontalo District. We suffered agricultural loss, flood, and poverty,” said Nelson. “Therefore, we budgeted 10,5 percent of Rp. 53,9 billion of our 2017 Local Budget, and also 10 percent of the village fund, for environment,” added Nelson.

Besides that, Nelson also elaborated the action plan that will be made by SKPDs. For example, the Education and Culture Office began to develop environmental related curriculum, specifically related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, or the Health Office with its Gemerlap Sehat (Gerakan Menata Rumah, Lingkungan, dan Permukiman Sehat or Initiative to Clean Houses, Environment, and Residential areas) program. “The Agricultural Office has plans to revitalize agriculture, conduct integrated farming system, use organic fertilizer, and develop climate resilient seed variety,” said Nelson.

Nelson also shared one of the ways Gorontalo District go about in addressing climate change impact, namely partnering with strategic partners such as Transformasi, ICCTF, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Home Affairs, Gorontalo Provincial Government, and districts and cities government in surrounding regions.

“This is one way for Gorontalo District to be the funnel of climate change adaptation, and to reinforce the mission of this district, which is engaging in an environmentally sound development,” said Nelson.
In addition to Nelson Pomalingo, other speakers include Nazla Mariza, Program Director of Transformasi, and Head of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Gorontalo Province, Fathuri Syabani.

In her presentation, Nazla Mariza extended her appreciation of the policy issued by the Gorontalo District Government in relation with adaptation and climate change, and also presented the result of climate vulnerability and risk assessment in Gorontalo District conducted by Transformasi. According to her, most of the villages in Gorontalo District are grouped under the “High Flood Risk” category.

“Villages with very high flood risk are North Tamaila Village, Tolangohula Subdistrict, and Kaliyoso Village, Dungaliyo Subdistrict,” revealed Nazla.
Nazla stated that the processes that have been completed with the Gorontalo District Government include establishing CCA Working Group, conducting climate vulnerability and risk assessment, developing climate change adaptation strategy, and mainstreaming this strategy into the development planning aspect.

Furthermore, Nazla recommended the need for integrative synergy and collaboration between the district government, village government, provincial government, and the national government. In addition, the capacity of CCA Working Group needs to be consistently improved in order to oversee and evaluate the implementation of this year’s CCA activities and engage in planning for subsequent years.

“We applaud the Gorontalo District Government for allocating at least 10 percent of its budget for climate change adaptation”, she said.

Meanwhile, the head of BMKG Gorontalo, Fathuri Syabani, explained the climate change condition in Gorontalo. According to him, the rainfall rate has continued to increase to 9 percent per year.

The socialization activity held in the office of Gorontalo District Head involved relevant SKPDs, CCA Working Group (Pokja API), all subdistrict heads, village governments, universities, representatives from Farmer’s Group Association or Gabungan Kelompok Tani (Gapoktan), representatives of women’s group, NGOs, community figures, and media.

Besides socialization, previously the Gorontalo District Government has conducted consultation with the Gorontalo Provincial Government on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in the office of Gorontalo Provincial Local Development Planning Agency. This activity was attended by the Gorontalo Governor, and districts/cities government throughout Gorontalo Province.

The objective of this activity was to establish commitment and synergy for CCA policy at the provincial level. On the third day, which is tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, 2017, the District Head will socialize these CCA programs at the grass root level with a symbolic act of planting trees with the community in one of the villages with high climate risk.
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About the Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi)
The Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi) was established in 2014, with a commitment to build the awareness of public policies, particularly at the local level, to address critical issues, deepen understanding, and promote knowledge and facts as the basis for a more effective decision making.

Transformasi’s vision is “To achieve a better public policy making in Indonesia”. To attain this vision, Transformasi is strongly committed to accomplish its missions to:

1. Promote high quality collaborative studies involving the government, public, and domestic and international partners;
2. Strengthen active knowledge networks between policy makers, academics, and community at the national and local level to promote evidence-based policy making;
3. Encourage lessons learned, best practices, and capacity building related to policy making among stakeholders;
4. Improve the capacity of policy makers to develop an effective policy communication strategy.

About CCA Working Group
Climate Change Adaptation Working Group (Pokja API) was formed at the early stage of the program between Gorontalo District Government and Transformasi. Pokja API was established through the District Head Decree Number 457/04/VII/2016 on the Establishment of Climate Change Adaptation Working Group of Gorontalo District. Pokja API has 22 members representing elements of local government, university, and community. The main duty of Pokja API is to formulate climate change adaptation strategy/action plan, and integrate it into the local development planning document (RPJMD, RKPD, RENJA SKPD, and RKA).

Fund Allocation from 2017 Local Budget (APBD) – For Climate Change Activities
(Source: Local Budget Draft of Gorontalo District, Nov 25, 2016)

 

No

Name of Program

Local Working Unit (SKPD)

Budget
(Rupiah)

1

Program for 9 Years Mandatory Primary Education

Education Office

8.415.169.600,00

2

Program for Healthy Environment Development

Health Office

1.621.728.500,00

3

Program for Communicable Disease Prevention & Management

Health Office

2.520.243.000,00

4

Program for Road & Bridge Rehabilitation

Public Works Office

34.230.150.000,00

5

Program for Development, Management, & Conservation of Rivers, Lakes, & Other Water Sources

Public Works Office

371.400.000,00

6

Program for Development of Drinking Water & Waste Water Performance Management

Public Works Office

8.408.500.000,00

7

Program for Drainage/Sewage Development

Local Disaster Management Agency

300.000.000,00

8

Program for Plaster/Batter/Gabion Development

Local Disaster Management Agency

654.400.000,00

9

Program for Early Prevention & Management of Natural Disaster Victims

Local Disaster Management Agency

886.710.875,00

10

Program for Housing Development

Housing & Urban Settlements Office

14.209.800.000,00

11

Program for Waste Management Performance Development

Environment & Natural Resources Office

2.158.907.028,00

12

Program for Pollution & Environment Destruction Control

Environment & Natural Resources Office

210.000.000,00

13

Program for Natural Resources Protection & Conservation

Environment & Natural Resources Office

58.500.000,00

14

Program for Natural Resources Reserve Rehabilitation & Recovery

Environment & Natural Resources Office

150.000.000,00

15

Program for Green Open Space Management

Environment & Natural Resources Office

2.287.300.000,00

16

Program for Improving Public Transportation Service (Emission Test)

Transportation Office

1.064.750.000,00

17

Program for Improving Food Security

Food Security Office

827.345.000,00

18

Program for Improving Agricultural/Plantation Production

Agriculture Office

9.485.625.000,00

19

Program for Empowering Field Agricultural/Plantation Elucidator  

Agriculture Office

309.830.000,00

TOTAL

53.940.209.003,00