Blogs Label: Stories from the field

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.


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. 


Evidence and urban resilience in Nepal

Stories from the field Author: Kamal Devkota, Kaustuv Raj Neupane

This paper is one of a series ACCCRN has commissioned as a set of scoping studies supported by our collaborating partner, the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA). They provide insight into how evidence is used (or not) in urban decision-making in the context of ecosystem hazards as cities expand into their broader landscapes. The full Nepal paper is available through this link.


What does it take to develop a community-based plan for climate change resilience with a bottom-up approach?

Stories from the field Author: Harsh Panchal

The increased emphasis on adaptation by several international agencies, like the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has resulted in the active participation of the government and grassroots organisations in promoting adaptation. Though climate change has been in the spotlight for many years, it was not until recently that more emphasis was given to adaptation over mitigation. Being the need of the hour, adaptation, needs to replace the age-old "top-down" approach to mitigation with a community-based “bottom-up” approach.


A Glimpse of Odong-Odong: Alternative Transportation to Cope with the Flood in Jakarta

Stories from the field Author: M Risky Dwi Sabana, Farraz Theda

The northern part of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, contains all the city’s coastal area. North Jakarta is bounded by Java Sea to the north and this makes this low-lying area very prone to tidal floods. Out of the six districts of North Jakarta, Penjaringan has the most waterways. In the north part of Penjaringan Sub-district (Muara Angke), the coastal area experienced approximately 4.1 meters of subsidence between 1974 and 2010. At high tide, saltwater flooding in Muara Angke rises by between 20 and 50 centimeters.


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