Cities in Indonesia and the wider Asia-Pacific region are on a fast-track to an urbanised future. This rapid urbanisation presents significant social and economic opportunities for the region’s residents but also places much strain on environmental resources and already over-burdened ecosystems. Concrete interventions and more effective remedies capable of transforming the quality of our cities while reducing environmental degradation and conserving resources are urgently required.
At the heart of the term ‘eco-friendly’ is the principle of minimising harm to the environment. Although urban development projects such as Bali Benoa Bay and North Jakarta Bay intend to be eco-friendly by addressing environmental concerns, there is increasing recognition that people and communities must be at the centre of truly eco-friendly urban development. Across Indonesia and the region, various eco-friendly programs and initiatives have been adopted by several communities. These programs work to address environmental concerns while also strengthening the social fabric of their local community and creating a better place to live.
This session brings together some of these intergenerational actors from diverse disciplines who are taking action to help their communities and cities become genuinely eco-friendly. The work of the speakers ranges from green growth youth projects to resource management and social preservation initiatives; all highlighting the immense potential for bottom-up eco-friendly initiatives to respond to challenges and opportunities of urbanisation that lie ahead.
Venue: University of 17 Agustus (UNTAG) & ADB Offices
Method: Focus group discussion