Jakarta, December 22, 2020 — From a waste pickup digital application to a national blueprint on water management, five youth groups with innovative ideas across Indonesia have been named as the top innovators of the KalFor Youth Innovation 2020, a competition which aims to identify the best prototypes to address Indonesia’s environment and forestry challenges. 

The KalFor Youth Innovation 2020 event was hosted by the Directorate General of Forest Planning and Environmental Governance (PKTL) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), Kalimantan Forest Project (KalFor), Platform Usaha Sosial (PLUS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Titled ‘Bring Ideas to Life: Indonesia’s Youth Innovation in Environment and Forestry’ the five top finalists were selected out of 379 applicants from across the country. Participants were asked to suggest solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda. 

The final 20 teams were chosen to participate in a series of online workshops and trainings through which they developed awareness of social business models, presentation and pitching skills, and tips on selling ideas to potential investors. In addition, participants also heard from resource persons involved in youth and community activities focused on marine debris.

KalFor Youth Innovation 2020 was a part of component 4 of the KalFor project —capacity building, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation for green development to raise youth awareness about Non-State-Owned Forests. 

“My heartfelt congratulations to the teams who made it to the top with their creative minds and concrete proposed solutions. As we know, climate change is one of our biggest challenges and as we mark five years into the Paris Agreement, all of us must actively engage and develop solutions to this issue. It’s great to see so many innovative ideas from youth across the nation as it further boost my hope that Indonesia will meet its commitment to achieving the SDGs,” said Sophie Kemkhadze, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Indonesia. 

Director General of PKTL, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Prof. Dr. Ir. Sigit Hardwinarto opened the event, noting “The ideas presented by the teams displayed creativity and ingenuity. The participants gave their best effort and those who were judged the best showed a deep understanding of the issues facing our country today.”

Other resource persons involved in the event included Octavia Rungkat Tuani – Youth from Dayak Iban Community and Founder of E-Waste RJ community among others. 

The top five teams were awarded IDR 25 million to help develop their ideas, they are: 

Borneo Waste Solution - East Kalimantan: The team developed plans for an app for a digital waste pick-up in Balikpapan where plastic waste would be sent to treatment facilities to be recycled. Items that did not qualify for recycling would be sent to fuel treatment facilities in the capital. 

Carbon Addons- East Java. A service app to measure carbon offset, this app measures activities and monitors off set measures in collaboration with local environment champions. 

Masyarakat Peduli Api Desa Vega – West Kalimantan. Thermal decomposition of fuel to help reduce plastic waste in the village of Vega, in Kapuas Hulu District, where the project plans to pilot its work.

Moringga Karya Mandiri – South Kalimantan. A social enterprise that develops products from moringa (drumstick tree). The raw material, obtained from the management of former mining land, will be used to produce, tea bags, tea, chocolate and dried moringa leaves. Through its work, the project intends to support community welfare. 

Siaga Air Bersih Indonesia (SIAB Indonesia) – Central Java . The group developed a plan to provide clean water through a Water Management System, and to help meet the needs in different regions across the country.

“Participants have shown their interest in environmental affairs and they’ve come up with ways to incorporate technology in their plans. These creative ideas should be recognized and could potentially develop into a sustainable business model,” said Dr. Agus Prabowo, Head of UNDP Indonesia’s Environment Unit. 



Tomi Soetjipto. Communication Specialist UNDP Indonesia: Suryo.Tomi@undp.org 

Ardiansyah Abidin. Design & Comm Support Kalfor Project

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