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The Indonesian city of Semarang frequently faces flooding due to heavy rainfall and high seawater. To improve the city’s protection floods, local authorities are working with Dutch experts. The ‘Urban Flood Resilience Semarang’ project has officially started on January 12, with a kick-off hosted by the City of Semarang.

Kick off ‘Urban Flood Resilience Semarang’ project

Supported by the Develop2Build programme from Invest International, a consortium composed of Witteveen+Bos, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV, Rebel, and Bita Bina Semesta will develop the project. Between January and June 2023, they will assist the Indonesian government in shortlisting several public infrastructure measures to reduce the incidence and frequency of pluvial and fluvial floods occurring in Semarang City, and identify a project owner within the Indonesian Government to lead the project towards construction. Invest International has signed a Grant Arrangement worth EUR 1 million with the Ministry of Public Works & Housing to support the development of all the studies required for the flood protecting infrastructure measures.

Semerang project

Victor Coenen, lead of the consultancy consortium, at the kick-off in Semarang

Full feasibility study

Together with the Government of Indonesia, a set of measures will be identified during the first phase of the project, which are viable and feasible for implementation. During the second phase a full feasibility study will be conducted, which includes an environmental- and social impact assessment, detailed engineering designs, and other documents required for the procurement of construction works.

Previous recommendations from Partners for Water

The current project builds upon previous results and recommendations from the collaboration between the Netherlands and Indonesia. In the past, the Partners for Water programme has supported the city of Semarang in improving its water management setup. Additionally, with the Water as Leverage programme, a collaboration between residents and international agencies resulted in designs for a climate-adaptive city.

We are looking forward to proceeding with this collaboration. A big thanks to the City of Semarang for leading this impactful journey!

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