Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development in Cities

UNU-IAS and Gadjah Mada University (UGM) co-organized a one-day seminar on 26 February 2014 at UGM’s campus in Yogyakarata, focusing on how opportunities for co-benefits can be identified and generated in large urban settings; that is, creating positive impacts by integrating climate change concerns with local sustainable development goals at the city level.

Seminar inaugural session with Dr. Agam Marsoyo, Dr. Leksono Subanu and Dr. Jose Puppim de Oliveira.

Applying the idea of co-benefits, the seminar sought to promote social and technological transition designs based on sustainable urban initiatives that cut across sectors and regions, and lead to radical changes in the way our societies use environmental resources and distribute its benefits. The speakers covered both conceptual aspects of co-benefits in urban development and empirical findings from research on policies behind co-benefits in cities in Indonesia, as well as international experiences from Brazil, China, India and Japan.

Seminar participants

The seminar was designed to cover several sectors. Speakers in the morning sessions focused on co-benefits in urban transportation and energy, while the afternoon session concentrated on co-benefits in the waste sector. The seminar had 35 professional participants (including the presenters) representing UGM, the Indonesian Architects Association, Bantul Agency of Environment, Yogyakarta Agency of Environment, Kulon Progo Office of Environment, the Indonesian Planners Institute, the German Development Assistance Agency, the Bantul Waste Community Network, and several other NGOs. In addition to the professional participants, the seminar also had 39 undergraduate and graduate student participants majoring in planning, development economics, geography, civil engineering and public administration.

Group photo of seminar presenters and participating practitioners