As the economic center of the region, the city of Kupang is growing rapidly due to large-scale movement of people from rural areas of Timor as well as neighboring islands, with a population estimated to double in 15 years. This growth, however, is mostly concentrated around areas most vulnerable to climate change, such as the coastline and surrounding hills vulnerable to flooding.
Kota Kita and the Kupang Municipal Government, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme, previously collected and analyzed data related to the city’s vulnerabilities to climate change that culminated as detailed in the CCVA. The current Kupang UCRMP document coordinates among various government and civil society programs and creates a communication infrastructure to synchronize climate change and disaster risk reduction efforts.
This workshop used the findings and recommendations of the earlier CCVA to channel various government and non-government stakeholder programs into a newly recreated resilience vision statement and framework. The UCRMP integrates these various documents and stakeholders into a collaborative structure in the establishment of a climate change working group (POKJA API-PRB), which will bolster coordinated efforts across different agencies and NGOs. The Working Group consists of Advisor and Technical Teams, the latter divided into three groups: the Mitigation, Emergency and Post-disaster, and Data and Monitoring. The POKJA API-PRB Working Group can provide regular data updates that are necessary to obtain a full picture of, and coordinate responses to, the latest climate-change conditions, while protecting the city’s most vulnerable populations.