As a coastal city in an Indonesian archipelago, the city’s most pressing concerns are about water. It experiences two types of floods: tidal flooding and flash floods. In recent years, the impact from floods has multiplied due to sea level rise, coastal erosion, and land subsidence. The city has implemented innovative programs for rain water harvesting, planted vetiver grass to prevent landslides, rehabilitated mangroves to protect coastlines, and invested in early warning systems for floods and vector-borne diseases, but there is still work to do.

Resilience Challenges

  • Disease Outbreak
  • Drought
  • Flooding (Coastal and Rainfall)
  • Landslide
  • Rising Sea Level and Coastal Erosion

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Purnomo Dwi Sasongko is an Urban Planner on the Development and Planning Board (BAPPEDA) of Semarang City. He was appointed as Semarang's Secretary of the Development and Planning Board (BAPPEDA) in 2014. Prior to this promotion, he worked for and acted as the head of different divisions of local government agencies for over 15 years.

These different roles and responsibilities equipped him with extensive knowledge and experience in issues involving housing and settlement, the environment, spatial planning, and urban planning. He's also the Coordinator of Semarang Climate Change Working Group in ACCCRN Program and Chairman of IUCCE (Initiatives for Urban Climate Change and Environment)

Purnomo holds a Master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning.

Snapshot of Semarang

  • 1,555,984

    Population as of 2010

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