From the ASEAN Secretariat’s Press Release
JAKARTA – Over 50 ASEAN representatives and climate change experts gathered in Jakarta on January 18-19 to exchange ideas and best practices in addressing current and future impacts of climate change. During the two-day workshop, participants learnt from other’s current programs, including municipal building retrofits in Jakarta, the carbon neutral initiative in the Philippines’ Puerto Princessa, and various tools available to measure and monitor greenhouse gas emissions. Attendees also discussed how ASEAN cities can raise awareness and generate support to develop effective carbon reduction and adaptation activities.
The Governor of Jakarta Fauzi Bowo, delivered the workshop’s opening statement and said climate change is a human issue and it is therefore our joint responsibility to share our experiences in addressing it.
Liana Bratasida, Chairperson of the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities and Special Assistant to the Minister of Environment of Indonesia, said while ASEAN cities have varying capabilities and capacities in handling climate change, the discussions show that all cities are “taking innovative approaches to counter the effects of climate change through initiatives in adaptation, mitigation and climate proofing.”
The workshop was co-organized by the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Working Group on Sustainable Cities, the United States-funded ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility, ICLEI and the World Bank.
In April last year, ASEAN adopted a Statement on Joint Response to Climate Change. In the Statement, Member States agreed to enhance scientific collaboration to downscale climate change effects and incorporate mitigation and adaptation strategies into national development strategies and policies. They also pledged to collaborate on environmentally-sound technologies, towards low carbon and green economy.