HDAA Cities & Infrastructure at the IFHP World City Congress in London

In an inaugural presentation by HDAA Cities & Infrastructure Practice, HDAA Founder/Chairman Bernardus Djonoputro addressed the EAROPH Asia Pacific Forum at the IFHP World City Congress held 8-11 June 2013 in London. The inaugural presentation was also presented together with HE Vice Minister of Public Works of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Hermanto Dardak, who brought in the government's perspective on policies surrounding the planning of Indonesian cities.

While cities  directly face and directly deal with climate change impacts, climate adaptation plans are now standard planning tools used by central, regional and municipal governments across the world.

The central aim of this program is to create a platform for debate on current planning efforts and concrete projects devised to promote climate adaptation. How are these initiatives contributing to deal with the challenges of climate change? How do we integrate spatial, social and economic dimensions in tackling city's resiliency?

Predicted events like sea level rise, increased storm events, and extreme heat waves imply an urgent need for new approaches to settlement design to enable human and non-human species to adapt to these increased risks. A wide variety of policy responses are emerging at local and regional levels – from sustainable urban form, to alternative energy production and new approaches to biodiversity conservation.

Among Indonesian cities and settlements, attempts has been made to ensure that strategies to adapt to the inevitable impacts of enhanced climate change (such as additional open space to enable water inundation) support ongoing policies. Jakarta as the biggest city in South East Asia, is currently undergoing a major exercise of completing 44 detailed zoning and regulation plan (RDTR), which present a golden opportunity for the city government to involve the people and community in a participatory planning process.

Other challenges for Jakarta also is the need to involve private sectors and investors, and start focus an launching a world class PPP projects within various sector including provision of expressway, drinking water, power and other facilities.

The inaugural lecture is part of the official launch of HDAA's new practice, Cities & Infrastructure. This practice provide advisory and consulting services in the area of PPP, infrastructure project preparation and market intelligence, urban development and policy advocacy.