Workshop Held on Planning Climate Co-Benefits in the Waste Sector

Workshop participants in the computer lab “testdriving” the co-benefits evaluation and governance tools.

On 24 February 2014, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and UNU-IAS co-organized an event at the campus (Kampus Sukolilo) of the Institute of Technology 10 November (ITS) in Surabaya. The purpose of the event was to introduce participants to the concept of urban co-benefits in the solid waste sector, and explain how such co-benefits can be identified and generated with respect to climate change and in line with local development goals. Participants were waste management practitioners representing a range of Indonesian cities.

The event was divided into two sessions. In Session 1, a series of talks provided the background to the general idea and significance of co-benefits as a means of planning for more sustainable development/transition paths, and more specifically how co-benefits can be applied in practice in the urban solid waste sector. Dr. Jose Puppim de Oliveira’s (UNU-IAS) presentation focused on the interrelationships between urban development and co-benefits. Dr. Leksono Subanu and Dr. Retno Widodo’s (both UGM) talks discussed the Indonesian practical experience with co-benefits in the municipal waste sector. The last two talks by Dr. Hooman Farzaneh and Dr. Csaba Pusztai (both UNU-IAS) introduced participants to UNU-IAS’ co-benefits evaluation and governance tools, demonstrating their purpose, structure, and main functions.

Dr. Hooman Farzaneh of UNU-IAS advising workshop participants and answering questions.

In Session 2, there were 14 participants representing the Indonesian Solid Waste Association and the environmental and waste departments of the cities of Semerang, Probolinggo, Kediri, Surabaya, South Jakarta, and Bogor. They had a chance to get hands-on experience in working with the co-benefits evaluation and governance tool. This session was held in a computer lab where participants first received a brief ‘walk-through’ tour of the tools. Following a simple demonstration, participants were introduced to how to use the tools (input data and interpret results). As a second step in the workshop, participants could use their own city’s data to design potential future scenarios by changing aspects of their baseline and evaluating results in terms of potential climate co-benefits.

The second session also allowed the team to elicit feedback from the participants regarding the functions and usability of the tools. Participants gave feedback while working with the tools and by answering a questionnaire (Feedback Sheet) prepared to tap into some of the important aspects of using and working with the tools. (The summary of the feedback is available in the Tool Testing Report.)