Within the support to the Global Covenant of Mayor (GCoM), the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia programme cooperates with the Government of Indonesia in developing cities Climate Action Plan (CAPs). The plans are elaborated according to the GCoM Common Reporting Framework and help national and local governments to deliver actions consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. As part of the initiative, the Indonesian city of Palembang has committed to developing a CAP that that demonstrates how the city will deliver climate change action by reducing GHGs emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change while delivering wider social, environmental, and economic benefits.
The IUC Asia Helpdesk/GCoM Southeast Asia Secretariat, supported by CCROM as technical partner, organised a capacity building activity on vulnerability and risk analysis to strengthen the capacity of Palembang city officials in developing a suitable CAP on 4-6 December 2019, involving approximately 20 city officials representing various city’s agencies (Development Planning, Environment, Agriculture, Public Works, etc). The capacity building activity aimed to share the knowledge to assess urban disaster risk and vulnerability related to climate-related disaster, climate change and climate variability; and to utilize decision support tools for reducing climate-related disaster risks.
Following this capacity-building event, participants were expected to have the capacity to establish linkage between the impact of climate change and climate-related disaster risk; effectively articulate their best practice in data collection for risk & vulnerability assessment; and plan for climate change adaptation using climate information to develop Climate Action Plan (CAP).