Climate Change Adaptation in Indonesian Cities: Promoting and Building Resilience from Below / Indonesia, Semarang

Indonesia, Semarang
Diponegoro University


Rapid urbanisation in some coastal cities in Java has led to the increase of vulnerability of coastal populations due to the impact of climate change. Sea level rise, coastal erosion and rainfall pattern deviations have resulted in frequent disturbances, mostly related to water (e.g. flood and water provision). In addition, there is a lack of literacy and awareness on climate change issues.

The current initiatives are mainly focused on the big infrastructural projects, they are top-down oriented and lack community consultation. Accordingly, the MOOC aims to critically address the emerging problems and introduce solutions at the community level to create a so-called “Resilient Kampong”, enabling citizens to become agents for change and foster a climate change resilience culture. The term of Kampong refers to the settlement area in a city that still has village characteristics, particularly in its livelihood. We would like to structure the MOOC material along the following six components: 1) introduction to climate change resilience, 2) urban vs. rural resilience (experience from Java), 3) resilience from below (the “Resilient Kampong” concept and its operationalisation), 4) experiences from Semarang related to waste management and flood early warning systems, 5) experiences from Pekalongan related to sanitation and abrasion management, 6) tools/instruments in community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) and application of spatial analyses.

The MOOC comprises of the following reputable local partners, the Inisiatif Kota untuk Perubahan Iklim (IKUPI), the Kota Kita Foundation  and the Bintari Foundation.

SDG #11 Target and Indicator

The MOOC is expected to contribute directly to target 11.3.2, “Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries by 2030”; the key indicator is the participation of the civil society. It will also contribute indirectly to the targets 11.5.1 and 11.5.2 that concern deaths/injuries and economic losses from natural disasters as well as to target 11.6.1 that relates to solid waste management. These points strongly correspond to the targets of 11.B, implementing policies for inclusion, resource efficiency and disaster risk reduction.

Lead Partner

Dr. Iwan Rudiatro

Dr. Iwan Rudiarto

Urban and Regional Planning


Wiwandari Handayani, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,

Anang Wahyu Sejati, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,