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Indonesian City Officials Get Insights on Their Projects at CDIA’s Third Virtual Clinic

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Officials from Palembang City and Jeneponto Regency attended CDIA’s third virtual clinic held on 14-15 July 2021 to seek guidance on preparing projects related to green open space development and water supply.

“Over the past two days, we have gained a lot of benefits,” said Meriyani, Head of Integrated Service and Investment Department of Jeneponto Regency.

“We thought that we would only get some kind of training on how to develop a plan to get some funding from international Institutions. But it turned out that we were really trained to get assistance so that we can optimize our resources and address various problems in our community,” she added.

CDIA is offering the virtual clinics to officials of secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific so they can get insights on their infrastructure projects. They are structured to enable one-on-one consultation with the urban development team and integrate climate resilience and capacity development in urban infrastructure projects. The clinics also offer a pathway for CDIA project preparation study grant assistance, subject to approval of its trust fund management.

Delegates from Palembang City joined the virtual clinic to get support on their plan to repurpose and maximize their green open spaces in three different parts of the city that connect their heritage sites.

They plan to create more city parks and recreational facilities, improve pedestrian access and improve their network of non-motorized transport. These initiatives are in line with the national government’s directive of allocating 20% of their city to green public spaces to improve livability.

“For Palembang City, urban development goes hand in hand with improving the quality of human life and nature,” observes Urban Development Specialist Brian Capati. “The balance between these elements make the project packed with co-benefits that improve the livability of the city, urban resilience, and basic infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, representatives from Jeneponto Regency wanted to improve their water supply in terms of both quality and quantity to supply 100% of the population of the City of Bontosunggu and its peri-urban areas.

They also wanted to build the capacity of the PDAM (the local government-owned water utility company) to be able to provide high quality and reliable water services and reduce reliance on groundwater extraction.

“The city has a clear vision of the issues related to the lack of access to clean water in Bontosunggu and peri-urban areas,” says Urban Development Specialist Fabienne Perucca. “Such a project would directly address poverty and public health issues of local communities such as water-borne diseases and contribute to environmental improvement. The local vulnerabilities call for the development of climate-resilient water supply infrastructure,” she adds.

Click this link to know more about the proposed projects and CDIA’s recommendations.

CDIA continues to accept registration applications from secondary city officials in Asia and the Pacific for other upcoming clinics. Visit https://cdia.asia/virtual-clinics/ for more details on the schedule, registration and agenda.

The Virtual Clinics are made possible with the financial support of the European Union.

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