COP27: Global Community Efforts in Adapting to Climate Change

YAKKUM Emergency Unit participated in the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 14 November - 18 November 2022. 

Some of the topics discussed in this activity included how to ensure a gender window in the community resilience program, how to increase the role of cross-stakeholders to support community-based adaptation (locally-led adaptation), what should be in the COP 27 output document and what should be in the Global Goals for Adaptation document.

Picture 1: Debora Dian Utami and Syarifah Anggraeni in panel discussion.

On this occasion, Mrs. Syarifah Anggraeni (Chair of the Migunani Farmer Women's Group) who is a YEU partner in the Scaling Up Community Resilience Fund for Reducing Disaster Risk project from 2020 to the present, also shared her experience in the session "Placing Women in the Center for Adaptation Investment: Potential Community Resilience Partnership Program". This panel discussion was initiated by the Huairou Commission and supported by YEU to introduce the Community Resilience Partnership Program (CRPP). The program aims to increase investment in climate adaptation that addresses the relationship between climate, poverty and gender, especially promoting women-centered adaptation initiatives. Mrs. Syarifah shared lessons learned from the community, especially the views of grassroots women in overcoming obstacles and building capacity, as well as acknowledging the role of women as "agents of change" in promoting resilience.

Through this activity, YEU representatives namely Debora Dian Utami (Program Manager), Syarifah Anggraeni, and Jessica Novia (Project Manager) were able to meet with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia. Indonesia has submitted an ENDC (Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution) or Contribution in maintaining global temperature to reduce emissions (Indonesia's target was raised to 31.89% unconditionally and 43.2% with international support) but there is no clear explanation to measure progress of locally-led adaptation in the country. 


Picture 2: Jessica Novia & Syarigah Anggraeni are talking with Sri Tantri Arundhati, Director of Climate Change Adaptation at Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia Republic.

One of the adaptation programs highlighted by the government is the Climate Village program, where people can submit their work and get recognition (which can later be supported by the government) for their efforts, so that further communication is needed with the Directorate of Adaptation; encouraging women's leadership to work together with the government in monitoring implementation of the Climate Village program, and Contact the GEF (Global Environment Facility) small grant program focal point to explore collaboration in scaling up adaptation efforts led-locally by grassroots women.

Reflected on what YEU has done so far, the lessons learned are that YEU programs need to be inlined with the progress of achieving global frameworks. In addition, recommendations for future institutions are to maintain networking for climate change, explore opportunities for developing proposals related to climate change, coordinate and monitor groups that have been assisted by YEU, especially those working on climate change issues.