NAWACITA- The Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry confirmed that the design of the new capital city, to be located in East Kalimantan, will apply the principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The design will be drafted through cooperation and collaborations among various domestic and foreign parties, including the Griffith University in Australia, Agus Justianto, head of the ministry’s research and innovation development department, stated here on Friday.
The ministry has renewed cooperation with Griffith University, initiated since 2002, he revealed.
The existing cooperation has resulted in the formation of a Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development for Indonesia (CESDI), he pointed out.
The CESDI’s main topic is the application of SDG principles, low-carbon development initiatives, and climate resilience in the next capital city.
“Through this cooperation, the CESDI can make the new capital city in East Kalimantan a laboratory for sustainable development at the footprint level,” he stated after signing a renewed cooperation agreement with Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday.
The agreement was inked by Agus Justianto and Deputy President of Griffith University Professor Sarah Todd.
The planned capital city is expected to become a vanguard of the new civilization of Indonesian people that is environment-friendly and sustainable, Justianto said.
Australia has been viewed as a success story for the relocation of its capital city to Canberra, known as the bush capital, as it was encircled by forest and located in a hinterland area.