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RELEASE: WRI Indonesia Launches New Platform to Track Indonesia’s Provincial Climate Commitment

New Indonesia Climate Data Explorer (CAIT Indonesia) or Platform Interaktif untuk Data Iklim (PINDAI) in Indonesian enables users from government agencies, businesses, academia, the media and civil society to monitor provincial emissions in Indonesia and take part in effective action against climate change.

Key points:

  • Indonesia Climate Data Explorer (CAIT Indonesia), or Platform Interaktif untuk Data Iklim (PINDAI), is an interactive online data platform that provides free access to comprehensive and comparable climate-relevant data at the provincial level.
  • For the first time, users can track, monitor and compare provincial historical and projected emissions, climate actions plan, and other climate data and information for all 34 provinces in Indonesia.
  • The platform aims to support transparency and participatory development management by providing access to publicly available climate data. With the platform, civil society can monitor the government’s emissions reduction commitment and hold the government accountable for their climate action.

JAKARTA (June 6, 2016) – World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI Indonesia) today launched the Indonesia Climate Data Explorer (CAIT Indonesia), or Platform Interaktif untuk Data Iklim (PINDAI) in Indonesian, an interactive climate data platform for monitoring provincial climate commitments in Indonesia (link to the platform: http://wri.org/pindai). CAIT Indonesia/PINDAI is part of WRI’s CAIT Climate Data Explorer, one of the most trusted sources of climate data available, which provide free access to comprehensive, reliable and comparable climate-relevant data sets.

In its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), Indonesia pledged to reduce its emissions by 29 percent in 2030 or by 41 percent provided that international assistance is available. At the Paris Agreement signing ceremony, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry also stated that Indonesia would be among the first 55 countries to ratify the agreement and that the country would submit a more ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Indonesia’s 34 individual provinces play vital role in achieving its emissions reductions target. In fact, Presidential Regulation No. 61 Year 2011 on National Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (RAN-GRK) mandates that each province submits and implements respective climate action plans, known as Regional Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (RAD-GRK). Combined, provincial commitments will significantly contribute to national emission reduction target.

While climate data and information at the sub-national level are available, it is often scattered in different hosting organizations and provided in the format that prevents it from being further analyzed or modified. CAIT Indonesia/PINDAI is designed with analytical tools that feature a wealth of climate-relevant data and information to allow government agencies, business, academia, the media and civil society to monitor, track and compare data and information of all 34 provinces in Indonesia. This includes:

  • Emissions profiles of all 34 provinces in Indonesia. Users can learn the top emitting provinces of absolute, per capita and intensity emissions based on publicly available data from the Indonesian government.
  • Primary source of emissions in each province. Each province in Indonesia has unique landforms and economic activities and hence sources of emission differ by province. Understanding this will help not only local governments to come up with the most efficient approach to reduce emissions, but also non-state actors to support this process.
  • Climate commitments in each province so users can better understand provincial mitigation and adaption activities.
  • Provincial development goals. Users can monitor whether a provincial climate commitment is in line with its development priorities (Regional Mid-term Development Planning). By comparing the two, civil society can observe not only alignments but also contradictions or other forms of discrepancy between the province’s development and climate action plans.
  • Progress towards reduction target, which allows users to monitor whether provinces are on track to achieve their emission reduction target.

CAIT Indonesia/PINDAI uses official data and information from Indonesian government agencies. Provincial emissions profiles, sources of emissions and climate commitments are derived from the RAD-GRK and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s SIGN SMART (Sistem Inventarisasi Gas Rumah Kaca Nasional: Sederhana, Mudah, Akurat, Ringkas, & Transparan), provincial development goals data are generated from the Regional Mid-term Development Plan (RPJMD) and progress of reduction target information is obtained from the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) document.

Overall, the platform aims to be a channel to improve public understanding of the multiple dimensions of Indonesian climate agenda at the sub-national level and raise awareness of any issues of climate data and information at the provincial level. Finally, it aims to help government agencies to identify and implement priority emission reduction measures while increasing emissions reduction ambition over time.

Quotes:

“To achieve Indonesia’s 29 percent emissions reduction goal, local climate action plans play very important role. Hence, we have been developing a database for RAD-GRK implementation results in all 34 provinces. The database, called Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER), is updated regularly and could be accessed at www.sekretariat-rangrk.org. Publicly available platform such as PINDAI is expected to enrich the discussion and increase public participation on climate action plans at the provincial level." Wahyuningsih Darajati, Director of Environmental Affairs, The National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS).

“Transparency and accountability are the primary foundations of modern democracy upon which sustainable development is built. Without access to data, the public could not monitor progress on government programs, and without that, there will not be accountability to implementation—including in climate actions. The President’s Office strongly supports civil society initiatives to enhance the quality of Indonesia’s climate data such as PINDAI, which is consistent with our commitment to One Data Initiative.” Yanuar Nugroho, Deputy for research and management of the government’s priority programs, Presidential Staff Office.

“Open, updated and comprehensive data that are freely available for the public is a requirement for participatory development management. PINDAI supports this process by encouraging transparency in the provincial governments’ climate commitments. By providing public access to the climate data and analyses, we can safeguard the national emissions reduction commitment and hold the government accountable for their climate action”, said Dr. Nirarta Samadhi, Director, WRI Indonesia.

Note to editor:

[1] CAIT Indonesia/PINDAI uses official data and information from the Indonesian government agencies. While we are trying to present the most comprehensive data, please note that there are known limitations to the methodology behind the datasets that you need to consider when interpreting the data and analyses. [2] The PINDAI platform is a work-in-progress initiative that will develop as new information are made available by the government in the future.

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