Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

Unlike traditional land-use planning, spatial planning provides opportunities within a national regulatory framework to integrate policies to influence the future distribution of activities in various areas. The success of spatial planning can thus be measured by how it can deliver effective public service investment at the local level while supporting the achievement of wider objectives for the province or city. Under the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, spatial planning falls under 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), namely ‘Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. One of the targets under this SDG is to “enhance capacity for participatory, integrated … Continue reading Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

Action to support sustainable urban riverside neighbourhoods

Since 1950, Jakarta has experienced the phenomena of explosive population growth. Migrants flooded to Jakarta for economic reasons and in search of employment, bringing pressure to bear on housing. Growing numbers of migrants took to informal housing in the form of squatter communities, known as kampungs, along the 13 riverbanks crisscrossing the city of Jakarta. The dense riverside settlements have added huge pressure on the environment, traffic and air quality as the rivers are choked with human waste and garbage, creating serious health threats. Although Indonesian law forbids settlements along riverbanks which serve as water catchment areas, 3.5 million settlers … Continue reading Action to support sustainable urban riverside neighbourhoods