Panel Discussion on „Water-sensitive Transformation of Secondary and Tertiary Cities in South East Asia“
Partners form South East Asia and Germany will host a panel discussion titled “Water-sensitive transformation of secondary and tertiary cities in South East Asia” at the 5th WPSC and the 16th APSA Congress in Bali, Indonesia. The panel will consist of Prof. Dr. Thammarat Koottatep (Asian Institute of Technology), Hasanatun Nisa Thamrin (Kota Kita), Prof. Bakti Setiawan (University of Gadjah Mada), Xhesika Hoxha (ITT University of Applied Sciences of Köln), and Ania Wilk-Pham (Habitat Unit, TU Berlin).
Abstract of the panel
Secondary and tertiary cities in Southeast Asia are increasingly becoming hubs of comprehensive economic, social and ecological transformation. City governments are generally confronted with urban growth driven by dynamic economic development and a real estate sector that is often poorly guided by urban planning. The decentralisation efforts undertaken in the countries require concrete implementation at the local level, sufficient funding and capacity development.
In view of the comprehensive provision of municipal services of general interest in the sense of the SDGs, especially in the context of climate change, the management of urban water resources as a cross-cutting task reflects the challenges of urban development. For water-relevant resilience of cities, integrated approaches are needed that bring together urban planning, infrastructure development and urban water resource management according to the current and expected capacities of these cities.
Water-sensitive development can help cities to proactively use the spatial and regulatory options they still have today. By this means, water supply, wastewater management, storm water and flood management, waste management and the development of grey, green, blue infrastructure may be improved. The session will make strong references to the global discussion and practical experiences on the development of water-sensitive secondary and tertiary cities, reflecting concrete project results from Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Approaches to the analysis of urban planning and water management challenges and the corresponding governance structures and concrete strategies and options for action derived from them will be presented for discussion and exchange. In the course of this discussion, the concept of resilience will be concretised in a prominent field of urban development and, above all, recommendations for action and opportunities for cooperation for practitioners, academia, international institutions, etc. will be identified, which also go beyond the Southeast Asian region.
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