National Workshop in Indonesia – Refining Policy Recommendations

National Workshop in Indonesia – Refining Policy Recommendations
05/06/2012

Indonesia

As part of its remit to ensure that the experiences of DELGOSEA’s pilot cities feed into the policy development on national and regional level, the project team is encouraging and facilitating the partners from the five project countries to develop policy recommendation to improve national legislation and administrative procedures to favor good governance.

During a national workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, taking place on 17 April 2012, nearly 50 participants from the four pilot cities (Kupang, Pangkal Pinang, Tarakan and Wakatobi) as well as the best practice cities, local government associations (LGAs), the EU, CSOs, media and academia came together with the aim of finalizing the policy recommendations, developing concrete steps for advocacy and drawing up a strategy for sustainability of the project activities and results. The event was also very much seen as a networking opportunity for the different types of development actors.

Very much taking into account the experiences of the pilot cities, which were presented in an in-depth session, the national policy recommendations were further defined and updated. The DELGOSEA Indonesia team was very pleased to secure the support of a number of partners involved, especially the LGAs, who agreed to sign the recommendations and the strategy on sustainability, to present these to the relevant parties and to add advocacy steps to their own workplans.

A wide range of recommendations was put forward, ranging from the national level – such as asking central government to introduce a minimum service standard for waste management – to more local issues, such as whether terms of mayors and regents can be extended to facilitate successful project implementations. The focus was very much on issues of environment and sustainability: the national government should take action to combat the illegal mining in seashore areas that destroys the marine ecosystem and make an effort to improve regulations regarding the management of toxic liquids at local level. There was also agreement that there is a need for additional resources (especially for waste management purposes) as well as for more public participation to reduce waste generation and improving waste treatment. Last but not least, there was concern about disaster management with recommendations to the national government to draft a national disaster risk map.

During the second part of the workshop, participants concentrated on developing a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the best practice replications. Several approaches were discussed, including building a network and establishing cooperation with permanent institutions at the local and national level, such as LGAs and universities (for example IPB Bogor, a high-profile public university). Universities could also facilitate synergies between the DELGOSEA program and regional programs such as the Coral Triangle Initiative in Wakatobi. Linking DELGOSEA’s website with the websites of the pilot and best practice cities as well as LGAs and relevant ministries was another suggestion.

There was agreement that LGAs will play a strong role in promoting and further supporting pilot and best practice cities which was a positive signal to send after a successful workshop.