USINDO Jakarta – U.S. Embassy Jakarta – APEKSI – @america
Cordially invite you to an Open Forum on
Global Problems, Local Solutions:
U.S.-Indonesia Perspectives on
Developing Resilient Cities for Sustainable Life
Mayor, Tangerang City
Sri Tantri Arundhati
Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
Aniessa Delima Sari
Program Manager, Mercy Corps Indonesia
County Manager, Douglas County, Nevada
Janet K. Regner
Community Services Director, Coconino County, Arizona
Bruce M. Applegate, Jr.
Assistant to the City Manager, Oak Ridge City, Tennessee
Urban and Regional Development Institute (URDI)
Friday, March 4, 2016
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Pacific Place, 3rd Floor
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 52-53
Cities are the future. The United Nations estimated that more than half of the world currently lives in cities and by 2050, it will increase to two-thirds, or around six billion people. Due to the concentration of diverse human resources and economic activities, cities promote a fertile environment for creativity and innovative ideas and technologies. At the same time, local governments both in the United States and Indonesia are battling crime, congestion, energy scarcity, waste, as well as the increasing intensity of disasters such as floods and hurricanes. Therefore, cities need to explore effective strategies to adapt to shocks and stresses in urban infrastructure systems, especially the ones associated with climate change.
City resilience is being encouraged. Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and respond to economic, social and environmental change in order to increase their long-term sustainability. The UN and other institutions like Rockefeller Foundation and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) have launched programs to support resilient city initiatives around the globe. In June 2015, ten cities in Indonesia committed to the Compact of Mayors – the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change – included Bogor, Bandung, and Tangerang.
What makes a city resilient? How does one implement resilient cities in the United States and Indonesia? What are the challenges and strategies to making cities more adaptable to shocks and changes? How can resilient cities contribute to national adaptation planning both in the U.S. and Indonesia?
The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Jakarta, the Association of the Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI), and @america are delighted to host Arief Wismansyah, Mayor of Tangerang City; Sri Tantri Arundhati, Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia; Aniessa Delima Sari, Program Manager, Mercy Corps Indonesia; Jim Nichols, County Manager, Douglas County, Nevada; Janet K. Regner, Community Services Director, Coconino County, Arizona; and Bruce M. Applegate Jr., Assistant to the City Manager, Oak Ridge City, Tennessee; in this insightful open forum.