Climate Festival Invites Communities to Participate and Safeguard Climate Actions

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), supported by GGGI, held the annual Climate Festival 2021. This year, the festival was themed “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increasing Climate Resilience for a Strong Indonesia-A Developing Indonesia” and was conducted on October 5-19, 2021, as a platform to disseminate information on climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts all the way to the grass root levels.

The Climate Festival involved all ranks of the MoEF, other relevant ministries, and Non-Party Stakeholders (local government, private sector, and the general public) and served as the opening of a series of preparations for the Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia (DELRI) ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 26, held from October 31 to November 12, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

The 14-day festival featured a variety of exciting climate-related activities, including:

  • Webinars organized by five Directorates under the Directorate General of Climate Change (DGCC):
    • Directorate of Climate Change Mitigation
    • Directorate of Climate Change Adaptation
    • Directorate of Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification
    • Directorate of Sectoral and Regional Resource Mobilization
    • Directorate of Forest and Land Fire Control
  • FGDs organized by five Centers for Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Control (Balai PPI-KHL):
    • Sumatera Center for Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Control
    • Java Bali Nusa Tenggara Center for Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Control
    • Kalimantan Center for Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Control
    • Sulawesi Center for Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Control
    • Maluku Papua Center for Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Control
  • Virtual exhibition that can be accessed at:
  • Competitions for the general public:
    • Short Comic Competition
    • Caricature Competition
    • Infographic Design Competition
    • Creative Climate Change Campaign Competition
  • Competitions for MoEF staff:
    • Socialization Video on the Prevention of Forest Fire and FOLU Net Sink 2030
    • Stand-Up Comedy Competition
  • NDC Bootcamp to increase the capacity and understanding of journalists about NDC.
  • Social Media Content Writing Training for social media account administrators within MoEF.

Climate change efforts require collaboration and involvement of society at all levels, from the Ministries/Agencies, private sectors, local governments, NGOs, mass media and public in general. Bilateral and multilateral cooperation are also important in implementing climate change policies in Indonesia, which aim to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and anticipate impacts by implementing adaptation programs to ensure economic, social and environmental resilience.

The Festival was a forum to showcase best practices carried out in the context of implementing GHG emissions reduction and increasing climate resilience in Indonesia, in order to generate valuable lessons learned for stakeholders to replicate and scale up. This festival was also expected to increase understanding and support for climate change mitigation efforts, as well as invite all stakeholders and the wider community to take part in safeguarding Indonesia’s carbon stocks and playing an active role in climate actions, which in turn would trigger innovation to realize the goals and targets stated in the Updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the Long-term Strategy for Low Carbon and Climate Resilience (LTS-LCCR) 2050.

In line with the Paris Agreement in which Indonesia is committed to keep the world temperature below 2oC and contribute to GHG emissions reductions, the first NDC document was submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat in 2016, outlining the country’s transition to a low-GHG and climate-resilient future. The NDC has since been updated. The Updated NDC document, accompanied by the LTS-LCCR 2050 document, was submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat on July 22, 2021, expressing Indonesia’s vision to achieve climate resilience as a result of its comprehensive mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as disaster risk reduction by 2030.