Climate Resilience and Policy Transfer in Semarang City, Indonesia




policy transfer, climate resilience, 100 Resilient Cities, Water as Leverage, tropical cities, climate change, urbanisation


Cities around the world are facing tremendous challenges due to climate change. Tropical cities are significantly impacted by temperature increases, higher than average global rising sea levels, and extreme weather events. In the tropical Asia-Pacific region effects from the El Niño-Southern Oscillation are especially severe, which, in turn, cause disasters such as floods and droughts. Climate change requires cooperation from actors across geopolitical borders to respond to the problem collectively, which involves global networks in the exchange of climate mitigation policies and adaptation plans through a process of policy transfer. This paper examines the processes of policy transfer between the tropical coastal city of Semarang in Indonesia and its global networks in the ‘100 Resilient Cities’, and the ‘Water as Leverage’ programs. The paper analyses interviews with actors and stakeholders from these two programs, and examines key factors that determine the success of the climate change policy transfer in Semarang City.

Author Biographies

Yulia Yulia, Urban Planner and Designer, Independent Scholar, Indonesia

Yulia Yulia (B.Arch., M.Sc. UMD), is an urban planner and designer with interests in several topics pertaining to urban development, including: sustainable development, climate resilience, historical urban landscape and urban strategic planning. She has experience working with multicultural teams both in developed and developing countries. Yulia is currently working as an urban planner based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is active in several local and international affiliations, which focus on climate action and implementing good practices towards liveable cities, such as: IDN Liveable Cities and United Nations Planners for Climate Action (UN-P4CA).

Reza Arlianda, Architect, Independent Scholar, Indonesia

Reza Arlianda (B. Arch., M.Sc), is an architect and program manager in the Sokola Institute which advocates for the indigenous community of Orang Rimba (People of the Forest) Sumatra. Having an urban studies background from Delft Technology University (TU Delft), the Netherlands, he has a strong research interest regarding participatory development, informal settlements, and inclusive cities. He is affiliated with IDN Liveable Cities within the project of Water as Leverage Semarang and holds responsible as social engagement facilitator through socio-economic studies, Building with People program, and community discussion with local stakeholders across various platforms in Semarang.


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How to Cite

Yulia, Y., & Arlianda, R. (2020). Climate Resilience and Policy Transfer in Semarang City, Indonesia. ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics, 19(2), 143–171.