Improving Community Preparedness along Semarang Flood Canal

Stories from the field Author: Nyoman Prayoga, Mega Anggraeni, Farraz Theda

Semarang deals with various physical challenges due to its geography as a coastal city; it is known specifically for its frequent floods. There are 21 rivers located in Semarang, creating a high risk of flooding. In response to that, Semarang City Government has carried out several actions to reduce flood risk through the construction of Jatibarang reservoir, normalization of Semarang Flood Canal, and also improvement of the drainage system.


Raising Awareness on River Basin Management through Field School

Stories from the field Author: Dwirahmi Suryandari, Farraz Theda

It was only 8 am in the morning when the crowd gathered at the village hall of Kalisidi Sub-district. That day, people were gathering to attend the field school that had been conducted for three weekends in a row in Garang river basin, and today was the last one. The field school project, which started in August, was initiated by Mercy Corps Indonesia through a program called TRANSFORM which stands for trans-boundary flood risk management through governance and innovative information technology.


Financing Strategy for a Climate-Resilient Indonesia

Opinion Author: Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Last week at the side line of the UN General Assembly, I spoke with business leaders at the Bloomberg Forum to underscore Indonesia’s commitment to its climate-resilient future. As Finance Minister, the climate financing aspect of this development challenge is within my purview and something I am deeply passionate about.


Vanishing Urban Wetlands and Lakes in India

Stories from the field Author: Rohit Virmani

Pressure on water bodies in India is known to everyone, but this pressure is at its height in urban areas of India. Demand for land is rising due to high density and ever-growing population, which leads to encroachment of land surrounding a wetland/pond/lake. There are endless examples of apathy towards urban water bodies, since these natural resources are not notified and are not protected. 


Youth innovation will ensure transparency in governance of climate change funds

Takeaways Author: Sohanur Rahman

We have known for over a decade that Bangladesh, the country least responsible for global warming, is first in line to feel the full force of its impacts. For proper utilisation of Climate Funds for facing challenges of climate change impacts, there is a need to prepare a Local Adaptation Plan engaging local peoples including youth urgently.


Integrating vulnerable people into the system

Member Interview Author: Farraz Theda, Lubaina Rangwala, Arfiana Khairunnisa

Lubaina is a Managing Associate with the Climate Resilience Practice and WRI India based in Mumbai office. She is currently leading urban resilience work for the WRI India’s Sustainable Cities program, focusing on livelihood protection as a means to build resilience in poor and vulnerable communities. Her current project focuses on the simultaneous impacts of climate change and urbanization on the livelihoods of coastal peri-urban communities living on the outskirts of Mumbai.


Agus Supriono, initiator of renowned Kampung Iklim Merbabu Asih in Cirebon

ACCCRN Champion Author: Farraz Theda, Nyoman Prayoga

The sun shone brightly as if welcoming us to what is famously called ‘shrimp city’: Cirebon. Located on the northern coast of West-Java, the sea has caused the city’s temperatures to be quite high. Cirebon is said to be one of the country’s most drought-prone cities. In 2015, nearly 14,000 ha rice fields experienced drought. However, when it starts to rain some parts of the city are also prone to flooding. Therefore, environmentally conscious planning should be used to overcome these challenges.