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The relevance of Climate adaptation platforms for floating urbanisation and nature-based solutions. Casestudy: Java, Indonesia

Floris C. Boogaard, Henny Pratiwi Adi, Slamet Imam Wahyudi, Rui L. P. de Lima and Eric Boer

There is a clear demand for a collaborative knowledge-sharing on climate adaptation and mitigation. The aim of most climate adaptation platforms is (inter)national knowledge exchange and raising awareness about climate adaptation in urban areas and promote solutions such as Nature-based solutions (NBS) and floating infrastructure. However their multiple benefits are often unknown to the wider public. During seminars (February 2020) in Indonesia climate adaptation measures where mapped and the relevance of the climate adaption platforms such as ClimateScan was evaluated by the means of workshops and a survey. The platform ClimateScan holds now over 5000 locations in 5 main categories of climate adaptation (water, nature, agriculture, energy and people). The conclusions from the workshops in Semarang and Surabaya show high relevance scores for NBS: permeable pavement and swales; for infiltration of stormwater to groundwater; for mitigation of high temperatures with heat stress measures; and flood barriers to mitigate flooding. There were low scores for floating urbanization because this is not a culturally accepted practice in contradiction to other parts of the world. Indonesian floating infrastructure as a floating library, restaurant and airport terminal where mapped during workshops bringing the total of international floating structure locations to 150. The workshops have raised awareness among participants and contributed to capacity building by empowering the participants to map and review climate adaptation measures. A high majority see the value of climate adaptation platforms and will use it in the future.

KEYWORDS: Climate adapation platform, ClimateScan, Floating structures, Nature-based Solutions


Professor Floris Boogaard (1972) gratuated at Delft University of Technology in 1998 in internatoinal watermanagement. After 22 years of consultancy and management at Tauw Group he joined Deltares as senior researcher in the field of climate adapation. In 2015 he finished his PhD research on the quality of stormwater and optimising sustainable urban drainage systems in order to integrate the worlds of spatial planning and water management and encouraging the implementation of innovative technical and sustainable solutions in the urban dense areas around the world. In April 2013 Floris accepted a professorship Spatial Transformations at NoorderRuimte Centre of Applied Research at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.  His research and advice fields include: climate adaptation, sustainable urban drainage, complex monitoring and optimising sewer systems, design of drainage facilities, water supply and groundwater pollution, urban water quality management and urban planning. He aims at making sustainable cities in terms of water management.

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