September 18, 2014 – Members of the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretariat facilitated sessions of a workshop in Jakarta on 18 September to share and discuss results of a new report by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative with Indonesian stakeholders. The Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences report focuses on the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies, and provides knowledge to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development. Below are highlights from the workshop sessions:
Dr. Endah Murniningytas, Indonesia's Deputy Minister for Natural Resources, BAPPENAS, highlighted Indonesia's strategy and actions towards achieving strong, inclusive, sustainable development. “If reducing emissions means reducing growth, it is not going to happen," she said. "If reducing emissions means reducing jobs, it will not happen. Green growth must be core to the economic pillar of Indonesia’s sustainable development path [in addition to aligning with the other three pillars: environmental, social, and institutional].”
Mr. Xander van Tilburg, Energy research Center of the Netherlands, and a lead author of the Green Growth in Practice report, noted that a recurring finding is that prioritization of green growth options and pathways must be driven by domestic development priorities. He said, "It’s not enough to say that we want our economy to be carbon neutral; we need to translate that vision into something concrete. Convince stakeholders not by arguments of right and wrong, but rather through facts and strong analysis…and actionable measures at the subnational level.”
A workshop participant from Indonesia emphasized the importance of incorporating the report findings into the policy process, and noted that “with the current government transition in Indonesia, there is not a better opportunity to do this”.
Mr. Nico Barito, Special Envoy of the Republic of Seychelles to ASEAN, shared a number of inspirational examples of green growth in action from sustainable tourism and fisheries in the Seychelles. Mr. Barito highlighted the Regions of Climate Action (R20) initiative, which works with subnational governments to design, implement, and evaluate low-carbon projects, and projects being undertaken by leaders in local government across Asia. The most impactful low-carbon projects address core concerns of “people and economy,” issues core to developing and emerging countries.
Attendees then broke into three groups to discuss how they could apply findings from the report in their own work. Groups focused on 1) assessing and communicating benefits of green growth, 2) enhancing public-private partnerships, and 3) integrating national and subnational actions.
Attendees reported back from group breakout discussions and shared how they may be able to apply findings from the report in their own work, and exchanged ideas as a full group.
Mr. Arian Ardie, USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) Program Country Coordinator for Indonesia, presented highlights from group discussions on how to best engage private sector stakeholders to advance green growth in Indonesia.
Dr. Doddy Sukadri, Low Carbon Emission Development Advisor of DNPI and Co-Chair of Asia LEDS Partnership, provided closing remarks and encouraged attendees to read the full report, continue to identify opportunities to apply findings and lessons from the report, and called for national and provincial officials to strengthen exchange, learning, and collaboration to work towards green growth in Indonesia.
The Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences report is the result of a collaborative partnership among the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).