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Indonesia: Palembang Edges Closer in Finalizing their CAP by Setting the Climate Adaptation Goals

Following up last week’s discussion, Palembang continued its effort to set the climate adaptation goals through holding a meeting on 28 October 2020. Hosted by the city’s Environmental Agency, various official city agencies related to the development of CAP as well as the representatives from sub-districts were present at the meeting.

Mr. Rizaldi Boer, a representative from CCROM, shared the recent results of an assessment based on the updated data and input from last week’s discussion. The assessment conveyed that Palembang City was dominated by Level-III Priority, with 64 villages. There were 13 and 4 villages categorized as Level-I Priority and Level-II Priority, respectively. Level I – the moderately high priority was awarded to the villages with a high to very high urgency level, and at least one climate hazard having occurred in the past. The low-income households were identified as population groups vulnerable to climate hazards. About 15.12% of the total population in Palembang was identified as low-income households in the Level-I Priority area.

In this context, CCROM proposed the following adaptation goals: to reduce the number of vulnerable villages in the Level-I Priority Category by 50% (7 villages) and to reduce the percentage of low-income household in the Level-I Priority Category by 50% to become 7.6%. The discussion focused to plan realistic medium-term goals (until 2023), aligned with the period of the Palembang Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMD Kota Palembang). 

The outcome of the discussion suggested that adaptation goal should concentrate on reducing the number of vulnerable villages instead of reducing the number of low-income households. Furthermore, the programs included in each city agency’s Action Plan (Renja) should address main contributing factors to the vulnerability of Level-I Priority areas.

At the end, CCROM provided an illustration of the ‘adaptation action implementation’ for one of the vulnerable areas. This portrayed several key facets including the prioritized sectors, land use and risk of disaster, related priority programs, as well as what aspects are covered and what indicators are used to measure the implementation’s progress. The representative of the Planning Agency encouraged the relevant agencies to adopt the sample given by CCROM.

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