A transformative process for urban climate resilience: The case of Water as Leverage Resilient Cities Asia in Semarang, Indonesia

Naim Laeni*, Henk Ovink, Tim Busscher, Wiwandari Handayani, Margo Brink, van den

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The Water as Leverage Resilient Cities Asia program introduced a transformative process to explore, design and implement inclusive, integrated and holistic climate solutions for three cities in Asia. Focusing on the city of Semarang, Indonesia, this chapter aims to assess whether, and if so, how the program has been able to build resilience capacities and to draw lessons that can be applied in other cities. Our analysis shows that the program in Semarang developed an enabling environment and has increased transformative capacity by building strong stakeholder coalitions between multidisciplinary design teams, governmental agencies, knowledge partners and NGOs. The collaboration between these actors led to the development of an innovative programmatic approach, which comprises six interrelated, inclusive and integrated climate solutions. When implemented, these solutions will also increase the city’s threshold, coping and adaptive capacity. The implementation of such solutions, however, proves to be a complex financial and institutional challenge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate resilient urban areas
Subtitle of host publicationGovernance, design and development in coastal delta cities
EditorsRutger De Graaf-van Dinther
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-57537-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-57536-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies

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