Managing impacts of climate change requires a jurisdictional approach: observers

Jakarta – A jurisdiction-based approach (JA) needs to be adopted in order to advance the climate change agenda in Indonesia, according to observers Monday (3/10). Regional Director Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) Southeast Asia Rizal Algamar said that a jurisdictional approach was needed to deal with climate change.

“The jurisdictional approach is an important milestone for transforming economic and environmental growth that has an impact on the sustainable development goals (SDGs),” Algamar said in a written statement.

Jurisdictional approaches (JA), are integrated landscape planning initiatives, in which a landscape is defined by policy-relevant boundaries. JA aligns sub-national or national political jurisdictions to facilitate government leadership in advancing green economic development.

The problem of global climate change is increasingly bringing bad implications for human survival, ranging from the problem of increasing the earth’s temperature, forest fires, floods, landslides, to economic decline. Various efforts have also been made by stakeholders from various countries in an effort to combat climate change, one of which is the initiation of the Decade of Delivery for Net-Zero Actions commitment at COP 26.

In commemoration of New York Climate Week, Jurisdictional Collective Action Stories held a virtual discussion about addressing global climate change through a jurisdictional approach.

In the discussion, representatives of Siak Regency were also present, as one of the regencies that has a focus on climate-friendly and sustainable development agendas. Head of Bappeda for Siak Regency Wan Muhammad Yunus explained, in order to support the realization of his territory as a sustainable district, his district government has established a legal umbrella for Regional Regulation No. 4/2022, which regulates all stakeholders in Siak Regency to support the realization of Green Siak.

The local government has also made various innovative efforts to support the sustainability of Siak Hijau.

“In collaboration with partners and facilitated by the Green Regency Siak Coordination Team (TKSKH), on July 20, 2022, Siak Regency officially introduced the Investment Based Jurisdiction Outlook pitchbook containing information on potential green investment in Siak Regency,” said Wan.

As a representative from the private sector, Musim Mas Group as one of the integrated palm oil businesses and producers in Indonesia also shares sustainability practices that involve a jurisdictional approach.

The General Manager of Programs and Projects of Musim Mas Group, Rob Nicholls, explained that the jurisdictional approach was used because of the involvement of various stakeholders, both government, private, and organizations that could have a strong impact and change. Currently Musim Mas has been involved in various landscape and jurisdictional projects in Aceh, Riau, South Sumatra, and West Kalimantan.

In line with Musim Mas’ view, Daemeter Consulting’s President Director Aisyah Silieuw explained that a jurisdiction-based landscape program is currently underway for Siak and Pelalawan Districts initiated by various private parties, including Musim Mas.

“This program aims to address overlapping supply base problems, protect ecosystems, empower oil palm farmers, and improve livelihoods, ensuring sustainable palm oil production targets in the two districts,” he added. (Hartatik)

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