Flood resilience within the Garang Watershed in Central Java has at the least involved two main regions which are Semarang Regency and Semarang City. Semarang Regency, which is located in the upstream area, is ecologically important in terms of flood management that could affect the mid- and downstream area. Therefore, it is important to maintain the quality of the ecosystem and its services that contribute to flood prevention such as the storm water management.
Vietnamese activist Khanh Nguy Thi knew early on that depending on coal to meet the country's growing demand for energy would be a disaster for its people and the environment. "Energy is important for economic development, and it also has a huge impact on the environment and the people. But there was very little involvement of the civil society in the government's energy plans," said Khanh.
According to Article 6 of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries are supposed to ensure awareness, education and capacity building to tackle climate change with the developed countries while also support these efforts in the developing countries. It challenges the prevailing paradigm under which nearly a billion dollars had been invested in supporting capacity building.
Climate change is clearly happening, and it is undeniable that humans play a big role in speeding up the phenomenon. Is there anything that we can do to better translate climate resilience into practice?
A report released by the World Bank in 2016 stated that, each year, urban areas are growing by an average of more than 75 million people – which is a number greater than the population of the world’s 85 smallest countries combined. However, cities and urban dwellers have received too little attention in discussions about climate change impacts and adaptation, especially in relation to financing. It is apparent that the current levels of international funding are insufficient to meet current and future adaptation needs.