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Pusat Transformasi Kebijakan Publik
Pusat Transformasi Kebijakan Publik
Limboto, February 9, 2017 – Gorontalo District Head, Nelson Pomalingo, conducted climate change campaign and planted trees together with the community at the Bonghohulawa Camping Ground Complex, Limboto Subdistrict, Thursday (9/2). This campaign is delivered as a form of socialization for 19 Climate Change Adaptation Programs (CCA) of Gorontalo District. Among the attendees of the event were the Local Secretary of Gorontalo Province, Winarni Monoarfa, and also the Head of Advisory Board of Transformasi, Sarwono Kusumaatmadja.

“We hope climate change adaptation programs are not only known and understood by bureaucrats, but can also reach the lower class people directly affected by climate change”, said Nelson.
Based on the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment conducted by Transformasi in 2016, 82 out of 204 villages in Gorontalo District were categorized as vulnerable to climate disasters, such as flood, landslide, and draught. These disasters have had a great impact to the lives and economy of the people. For example, the flood on October 2016 devastated 13 out of 19 subdistricts, and was estimated to have caused a loss of Rp. 300 billion.

To address this issue, the Gorontalo District Government has included 19 CCA programs into its local development planning, particularly in the Work Plan (RENJA) across 9 relevant Local Working Units (SKPD). In addition to that, the Gorontalo District Government has budgeted 10,5% of its 2017 Local Budget for environmental, disaster management, and climate change activities.

During this opportunity, Nelson also conveyed his plan to transform Bonghohulawa Camping Ground Complex as Limboto Techno Science Park, since this 90 hectare area is only 1,5 km away from Limboto City, and is considered to be the remaining area with a wide tree cover around Limboto City.

“Limboto Techno Science Park will also be a part of the climate change adaptation campaign. There will be plenty of rain here due to the high rainfall rate, which we will use to come up with a solution for flood prevention. In addition to that, there will also be plenty of oxygen, because this site is expected to serve as the lung of Limboto City and its surrounding areas,” revealed Nelson.

Meanwhile, the Head of Advisory Board of Transformasi, Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, in his welcoming remarks highly appreciated the measures taken by the Gorontalo District Government, even though Gorontalo was not originally appointed as one of 15 districts and cities in Indonesia appointed to implement climate change control program.

“But the District Head works so quickly to complete all of the required documents and budgeting support. There are many good policy maneuvers taken by the District Head. This must be supported by the provincial government,” said Sarwono.

Sarwono explained that since climate change affects a lot of different people, and a myriad of actions needs to be done, setting priorities is critical. There are three things that should be prioritized, which are also recognized internationally, namely: food, water, and energy. Sarwono also welcomed the District Head’s idea to build Limboto Techno Science Park as a learning and communication center.

“My conclusion is that Gorontalo District is well on track with full speed ahead. I am grateful that the District Head is at the front line in the fight to preserve the future for our children and grandchildren,” stated Sarwono.

The Local Secretary of Gorontalo Province, Winarni Monoarfa, also delivered her appreciation on the innovation implemented by the Gorontalo District Government. She said that the province is currently developing its Local Intermediate Term Development Planning (RPJMD) at the provincial level for the period of 2018-2022. The urgency of this activity, which was initiated by the District Head, will be replicated for the provincial level. Winarni added that now is the most opportune moment, and she very much hopes that Transformasi will take part in formulating and replicating the success of Gorontalo District in terms of developing RPJMD for Gorontalo Province.

“We want to internalize the climate change aspect into the provincial program level, making it the overarching umbrella for Gorontalo in the next five years, particularly through environmental based development. Therefore we will provide intervention to all sectors through this program. We hope Transformasi can be the intermediary,” said Winarni.

Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi), Santi Evelyna, added that as the subject directly affected by climate change, most of Indonesian people are not ready to face the impact of climate change. Santi gave an example of how on one side, farmers are perplexed in facing unpredictable seasonal pattern, but on the other hand, they also lack the understanding on how to mitigate flood in an effective and integrated manner.
Santi views that a synergy between the government and community is required to improve resiliency against climate change. “Gorontalo District is lucky to have a leader with a transformative spirit in achieving an environmentally sound local development”, she concluded.


NOTE:

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