Exchanging Green Knowledge in Green Prosperity Knowledge Fair


Posted : December 20, 2016

Jakarta – Various stakeholders in Indonesia have done numerous initiatives for a more sustainable future. Government of Indonesia has also committed to reduce greenhouse gases emission to 29% in 2030 and conducted a number of measures to realize it. Lessons learnt from those multi-stakeholders action will be more meaningful if they can be disseminated and practiced by more people. The Green Prosperity Knowledge Fair in December 13th-14th, 2016 that was organized by BaKTI Foundation, one of Green Knowledge Grants implementers, aimed to be a sphere to exchange knowledge about low carbon development strategy.

“This event exposes lessons learnt from poverty alleviation through green economy. A lot of discussions about experiences of many people here that are very interesting to hear, including on villages that successfully utilize renewable energy. I am glad to see many young and energetic participants here, so we can continue these ideas,” said Deputy Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas for Development Funding, Kennedy Simanjuntak.

According to MCA-Indonesia Executive Director, Bonaria Siahaan, MCA-Indonesia facilitates collection and dissemination of best practices, experience, and knowledge about low carbon development strategy in this country. “Through this activity, we can invite practitioners outside of Green Prosperity Project to participate and network so knowledge from this program can be utilized further,” she said.

The knowledge exchange event was divided into three segments: Community of Practice Discussions, Information Gallery and Inspiration Forum. Community of practice related to Green Prosperity Project portfolios – spatial data and one map policy, renewable energy, cocoa, social forestry, peatland management, and green knowledge management – attended the discussions. The participants have various background, from policy makers, private sector, grassroot actors, to academics. The discussions became the main gate for collaboration and follow up meetings for the community of practice.

The Information Gallery provided the activity profile of Green Prosperity Project and grantees. In the gallery, participants could directly interact with best practices actors. The gallery also became the scene where participants could promote activities, exchange knowledge, and obtain or improve cooperation opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Inspiration Forum showcased ten inspirators who had transformed ideas into reality and did not mind to struggle for change. One of them was Nilawaty from Mitra Aksi Foundation that has developed sustainable agriculture on peatland in Jambi. Armin Salassa from Salassae Farmers Self-development Community shared his story of assisting farmers to switch to organic agriculture that is more environmentally friendly but able to generate high quality products that improve their income. Meanwhile Umbu Hinggu and Teo, managers of Peduli Kasih Cooperative, have been successfully managing micro hydro and wind power plants. Basri and Haryadi from Pesantren Istidaduddarain, Lombok Utara, shared how they processed human waste through biogas reactor to generate electricity. Last but not least were Ozy and his two colleagues from GEN Oil, who labored to transform used cooking oil into fuel for fishers’ boats on the coast of Makassar.

The two-day exchange of information and knowledge bring forward hope for many stakeholders, a hope about knowledge that can be used to develop a better Indonesia.

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