Tackling Vehicular Air Pollution in Jakarta

In 2013 Indonesia discharged over 0.5 billion tonnes of carbon monoxide which is the coequal to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of over 105.26 million commuter vehicles and the year 2015 showed a marked rise (4%) from the previous year. The 2015 global emissions database also shows Indonesia is among the G20 countries, who as a whole are responsible for 81.5% of global CO2 emissions, with Indonesia becoming the 10th largest emitter. There is a dichotomy between the data air quality measurements available from government sources and the media or public sentiments on the issue of air pollution. This has led … Continue reading Tackling Vehicular Air Pollution in Jakarta

Using Big Data to promote Climate Change Awareness in Jakarta

In Indonesia, the effects of climate change been part of daily life for quite some time. Between 1980 and 2007 Indonesia has had the second highest number of climate change related fatalities with 174,000, second only to Ethiopia 6 . In recent years, Indonesia has experienced more frequent heat waves, with up to forty percent of the population at risk to hazards such as tsunamis, floods, droughts and landslides. In 2012, Indonesia launched the Open Government Indonesia initiative with the goal of “Introducing open government reforms, including open data”. A marquee project was the development of Jakarta Smart City (JSC). … Continue reading Using Big Data to promote Climate Change Awareness in Jakarta

J-Cycle Urban Alliance: Initiative to Reduce Landfill Waste

64 million tonnes of garbage are produced in Jakarta every year and this amount grows at an annual rate of 2-4%. A major landslide tragedy in 2005 led the Indonesian government to focus on Solid Waste Management (SWM). To minimise the amount of garbage going to the landfill, the government changed its focus from an “End-of-pipe” approach to a “Reduce at Source & Resource Recycling” approach. Despite these initiatives, SWM in Indonesia hasn’t improved. The United Nation’s assessment attributes this to financial constraints, and the low technical and managerial capacities of local governments. The SWM value chain in Jakarta has … Continue reading J-Cycle Urban Alliance: Initiative to Reduce Landfill Waste

Introducing Participatory Decision-Making in Jakarta Coastal Flooding Management

Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city with a population of over 10 million in the central city, and over 30 million in the metropolitan region, is a delta city that has constantly been at risk of flooding. Bounded by the Java sea to the North and the Puncak highlands to the south, 40 percent of Jakarta currently lies below sea level1, leaving it vulnerable to coastal flooding. In 2007, seawater crashed over the sea wall in northern Jakarta which, added to the flooding from heavy rains, caused nearly 60 per cent of the city to be inundated and an estimated 340,000 people … Continue reading Introducing Participatory Decision-Making in Jakarta Coastal Flooding Management