Strengthening the Capacity of Communities as A Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts

Bogor, March 27, 2017

In the framework to preparation the document Third National Communication (TNC), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in cooperation with the UNDP / GEF and CCROM SEAP IPB conducting a vulnerability assessment, the risks and impacts of climate change. The study is located in the area of Lake Singkarak, Solok District, West Sumatra Province. TNC is the third report of the State party regarding the efforts and activities of adaptation and mitigation of climate change to the UNFCCC Secretariat. In addition to analyzing the vulnerability, risks and impacts of climate change, the pilot study also increased the capacity of communities around Lake Singkarak through development of alternative livelihoods for the communities around Lake Siangkarak, especially in Solok District.

Event on March 3, 2017 located at the Junjung Sirih, Solok District was attended by 20 participants consisting of community members in Nagari Paninggahan and the district government. The material provided in that event namely an understanding of climate change and its impact on the earth and humans, as well as understanding the potential of the local economy (eco-tourism, Bilih processing, and etc).

Some of the activities carried out within the framework of the pilot study are: (i) establishment of a working group (WG) climate change Solok District with members consisting of Solok District Government (SKPD); (ii) mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development planning through the preparation of the draft Regional Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (RAD API) Solok District; (iii) delivery of 10,000 MPTS seedlings from Watershed Management Institute (BPDAS) Indragiri Rokan Pekanbaru to Solok District Government to be planted in critical land around Lake Singkarak; and (iv) planting the trees in the community lands are located in the catchment area (upstream area), then in area of Nagari Paninggahan and Saniang Baka Paninggahan 2 hectares. The tree planting was carried out by farmer groups.

"Lake Singkarak is currently facing problems include a decrease in the volume of water, declining water quality, and declining populations of Bilih".