“Jambi City has worked long, hard, and consistently to establish the IRRC pilot project. Its commitment is based on Jambi City’s development vision and mission, to make Jambi City a center of Trade and Services based on a well-developed and cultured society. - Dr. Syarif Fasha, Mayor of Jambi City
Enabling Environment Rating Waste to Energy in Jambi and Malang UCLG ASPAC with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) implemented ESCAP’s project on “Propoor and sustainable solid waste in secondary cities and small towns in AsiaPacific” in Jambi City and Malang. The project will build an Integrated Resource Recovery Center (IRRC) to optimize their economic value from managing waste resources and yield economic, ecological, and social benefits. IRRC is a decentralized facility that later receives segregated municipal solid waste and transforms it into organic compost, biogas, and recyclables cost effectively near the source of waste. In Jambi, IRRC is constructed in Talangbanjar Market, while in Malang, it is built in Mantung Market, as strategic place where the market vendors will provide resources of segregated waste to the IRRC to be further transformed as beneficial products for the community.
Gedung Wayang Orang, Public Space in Solo Public Space in Keputih, Surabaya UCLG ASPAC created another milestone of work with UN Habitat and Surabaya City Government in constructing Keputih—an ex-waste disposal site of approximately 4.2 ha. The public space in Keputih includes indoor and outdoor spaces (main hall, creative space, water playground, basketball court, food court, outdoor community space, educational gallery, showroom, reading corner, disable friendly toilet, and space for mural). The designing process involved a group of professionals, students, and lectures from various universities and local apparatuses.
On 19 September 2017, UCLG ASPAC Secretary General handed over the result of design for human puppet theater building (Gedung Wayang Orang/ GWO) Sriwedari in Solo to the Mayor, F.X. Hadi Rudyatmo. The participatory design of GWO involved more than 200 personnel. The project is expected to reinvigorate human puppet theatre and bring back the audience to enjoy and immerse with unique, cultural art in Surakarta (Solo). The revitalization of GWO Sriwedari will start in 2018.
“Solo has a lot of interesting tourism potentials. Human Puppet is one example of traditional art that has survived more than 107 years that require special attention from the community and the City Government.”
UCLG ASPAC established partnership with Cities Alliance and UNDP to provide a guiding tool for local governments to see the progress and constraints of decentralization and outline potential ways to improve policy implementation: City and Local Government Enabling Environment Rating in Asia and the Pacific (EE Rating). The EE Rating works by adopting a qualitative approach by assessing countries on a scale from 1 (least effective) to 4 (most effective) on 5 areas: local governance, local capacity, financial autonomy, local efficiency and the national institutional framework. EE Rating report has now completed and come up with recommendations, which include countries that have not empowered their local governments to generate their own local revenues, independent performance audits of local government performance not yet undertaken, and that there exist the needs for Asia-Pacific region to have clear urban strategy. UCLG ASPAC aims to sustain the assessment by having it every two years to measure the progress of each country in improving their legal instruments of enabling environment for cities and local authorities.
- F.X. Hadi Rudyatmo, Mayor of Surakarta
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS Newsletter | Volume 27 | May - October 2017
UCLG ASPAC Newsletter Volume 27 Edition May - October 2017