Palembang, July 24, 2018, Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL) officially opened a series of Festival Kabupaten Lestari 2018 (The 2018 Sustainable District Festival) entitled #IndonesiaInnovate: Solutions by the Nation's Youth for Sustainable District. The Opening of the Festival Kabupaten Lestari 2018 was attended by around 100 participants consisting of the Regents, Vice Regents along with the District Governments of the LTKL members and the LTKL partner districts, and LTKL partner network, the central governments and also private sectors, and development partners at local, national and international levels.
The opening of the 2018 Regency Lestari Festival presented the main speaker, Mr. Rachmat Witoelar as The President's Special Envoy for Climate Change who shared stories of how collaborative innovations could support the implementation of sustainable development. The theme of innovation was also highlighted through the unique sharing method of the resource persons that also utilizing technology, for example, the video conferencing conducted with Mr. Yanuar Nugroho, Deputy II Office of the Presidential Staff regarding One Map and One Data.
There was also ‘InspiraTalk’ which displayed collaborative description from representatives of LTKL District and LTKL Partner Network from Siak, Sintang and Musi Banyuasin namely, the Green Trade Initiative Foundation (IDH), Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and Winrock International about sustainable district innovations and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Finance Office of Fiscal Policy, Investment Coordinating Board, Peat Monitor Network and the Neste energy company, each of which provided views regarding innovations that could be replicated in each district.
Through the #IndonesiaInnovate theme, the Festival Kabupaten Lestari 2018 then brought together participants from the LTKL districts with a variety of appropriate innovations with a focus on the people-based economy and data management to support the vision of Sustainable District.
Beni Hernedi, Vice Regent of Musi Banyuasin District who is also the Chairperson General of Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari said "The Festival Kabupaten Lestari 2018 is a very good learning media for each district to work together to implement superior innovations in order to encourage the realization of sustainable development ". While walking around visiting the corner of technological innovation, institutions to funding market access, Beni continued "I am proud and amazed to see that there are many innovations by the nation's children, even high school students, who can actually help the problems of the District Government to realize the vision sustainable district"
The Festival Kabupaten Lestari was also interesting for innovators who enthusiastically explained their innovations to the participants. Andre, one of the innovators from Kopernik said "We are very glad to be given the opportunity to introduce one of our innovations namely plastic injection machine. Especially as we know that Indonesia is the second largest contributor to plastic waste in the world. " "From the active interactions with friends from the district members of LTKL during the discussion, we are optimistic that more districts can encourage the replication of this plastic injection machine in order to reduce the impact of plastic waste.” he concluded.
The Festival Kabupaten Lestari became a one-year momentum for the establishment of a district collaboration forum ‘Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari ' which was also the inauguration of the joining of two new members of LTKL, Gorontalo District and Aceh Tamiang District. Nelson Pomalinggo, Regent of Gorontalo District stated, "Gorontalo feels proud to be able to join the founding districts of LTKL and is ready to actively move together to realize sustainable development. Our focus today is the production of sustainable and beneficial commodities for the people of Gorontalo - we believe through LTKL, the road to sustainable development is more open."
It has been one year the district members of LTKL have committed to promote the implementation of sustainable development, one year also the district members of LTKL worked by collaborating with development partners. In the future It is hoped that Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari can bring more tangible impacts to the districts and its partner network.