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Surabaya Access Pad: Ecosystem Introduction

The program was kicked off On Thursday 16 July. The OPPA team and SAP innovators from Indonesia, Myanmar, The Netherlands and Russia joined this virtual session for an hour of introduction and orientation of the program. Each of them took time to tell the story behind their organization and get to know each other. It was the perfect start of an exciting three-month landing pad program.

"Make something happen in Surabaya." That's the vision that unites all the SAP innovators. On the first week of July, the OPPA team and SAP innovators met on Zoom for a virtual check in and mentoring session with each of their mentors. All the participants are very engaged and motivated to make something happen in Surabaya. Brainstorming and determining the list of things Surabaya needs, examining their nature and causes, and set priorities for future action. The first virtual check in's agendas placed Surabaya in the center of their discussion and how to bring new innovations to the city.

The first of three parts of the Ecosystem Introduction! The OPPA team, Clear Rivers, Umincorp, RecyGlo, Rekosistem and Warden met virtually on August 13. The session started with challenges and opportunities sharing, then OPPA team went into detail explaining a few of topics, including Waste Collection Actors and Waste Management System in Surabaya. Waste Collection Actors consisted of Waste Pickers who collect any valuable recyclables, including valuable plastics, found on streets, or at temporary dumpsites; Waste Collectors who usually paid to collect waste from door-to-door by the local authorities, either by community group or neighbourhoods group, through residents’ contribution collected each month; and Aggregator who takes in all type of valuable recyclables, including valuable plastics from different sectors from the Waste Collectors and Waste Pickers. Surabaya provided community-based waste management system that encourages the community around them to be actively participated in taking care of their environment. Divided into three categories, Unit Waste Banks, Sectoral Waste Banks and Central Waste Banks. Swipe the images above to know more about these waste banks.

On the second part of the three parts Ecosystem Introduction, the SAP participants dove down into few topics including Waste Actor Map and the impact stories from OPPA accelerator. Swipe the images above to read about it. The virtual session on 19 August started with each participant reflecting on the first part's of Ecosystem Introduction and finished with everyone looking forward to the next part. We are pleased to see that each sessions just get better, and more importantly, exciting!

Our SAP Participants finally get to the last part of Ecosystem Introduction on 27 August and they brought an enormous amount of enthusiasm into this virtual meet. In this session they talked about topics that related to the people behavior in Surabaya, including the demographic of people, people and waste insight, and the government effort. One of the interesting things they learned is how the people of Surabaya appreciate recognition, therefore, competitions and awards work well in this city. That was proven by winning the Kota Adipura (National Environment Award for City) nine times in a row since 2010. By the end of the session, all participants have all understand about the waste ecosystem in Surabaya and excited to bring their innovation to the city.

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