Jakarta’s Deputy Governor: Poverty and Climate Change Are Linked
Jakarta is one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia and one that is grappling with the impacts of climate change on lower-income populations. The city’s poor are often disproportionately affected by catastrophic weather events like floods, the city’s Deputy Governor, Sutanto Soehodho, says. Jakarta’s government is also concerned that climate change will worsen the economic circumstances and living conditions for those people living on the brink of poverty, potentially pushing them into worse circumstances.
Managing the emissions and congestion from the traffic in a city of approximately 10 million people, as well as protecting the population from flooding and other weather events, are top priorities for Soehodho. Data and best practices from other cities participating in the C40 can help leaders develop and deploy solutions to these complex challenges.