One Year on: An Update from DELGOSEA’s Most Successful Pilot Cities

School children bringing in recyclable garbage in Tarakan, Indonesia
19/08/2013

Exactly one year ago, DELGOSEA’s final conference saw all the pilot cities present their achievements in an impressive market place session. Many of these cities have not only continued but even expanded their activities, for example Kampot in Cambodia, Tarakan and Wakatobi in Indonesia, Vinh City in Vietnam as well as Pakkret and Chiang Rai in Thailand.

InKampot, the replication of the Philippine best practice of the Eco-savers from Marikina has proved to be just the starting point for a range of environmentally friendly activities in the municipality. The 18 schools that are participating in the original project are continuing their collection of recyclable materials and more are coming on board. Seven other districts have shown an interest in replicating this simple solution to encouraging environmental awareness in school children. A number of capacity building workshops for staff of the municipality has also taken place and the construction of a compost centre is well underway.

In Indonesia, the focus is on Tarakan, where there are now 17 schools participating in the Eco-saver recycling scheme (up from the 2 original pilot schools) with 7 more schools keen to join. 9 community groups have introduced Eco-saver programmes. The programme has been integrated into the local development plan, so continuity of funding is guaranteed. There is even a website now: www.dkpp.tarakan.go.id.  The project inWakatobi (waste management) is also still going strong with waste segregation happening and a waste management learning-centre established. The original replication is being extended from the main island to other places.

ChiangRay,in Thailand, is proud to be representing Thailand in the CityLinks leadership programme to share experiences on climate change adaptation. The local government network to improve waste management services is being maintained and the city is moving towards becoming a low-carbon city, i.e. even extending its original remit. Through this new project, Chiang Ray promotes a number of low carbon city strategies, such us aiming to become a city of trees, of waste minimization, of energy efficiency and a city of sustainable consumption.Pakkretis also doing very well: the city is continuing not only with the restoration of the old market and the relocation of street vendors, which is virtually completed, but is also pursuing a detailed plan to develop basic infrastructure to turn the old market area into a tourist attraction. The research on further development and conservation of the old market for cultural tourism that had been started with Thammasat University is continuing strong. The city has also become a pilot city in its own right, recently hosting a delegation from Sri Lanka, interested in revitalising an old market area in one of the country’s cities.

In Vietnam,Vinh City– also implementing the Eco-savers – is particularly impressive: by now there are 51 schools with a total of 33,000 students involved who have managed to raise VND 450 million (around 25,000 USD) through their recycling activities.

For more information on activities of the pilot cities on www.delgosea.eu:

Overview of Pilot Local Governments / Municipalities