Jakarta, Indonesia – July, 2018

To meet crucial development, inclusion and environmental goals in low-income countries and emerging markets, investment in large infrastructure is critical. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimated in 2017 that the developing Asia needed to invest around $26 trillion from 2016 to 2030 ($1.7 trillion annually) in transport, power, telecommunications and water and sanitation infrastructure to maintain current levels of growth. 

To increase knowledge on the risks of climate change to critical infrastructure in South and Southeast Asia, and to build a better understanding of the actions and innovations necessary to build critical infrastructure resilient to climate change, the ADB has commissioned TA 9191: Building Climate Change Resilience in Asia’s Critical Infrastructure. The project is being carried out by a joint venture between ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and Philkoei International. The project supports ADB’s effort to scale-up climate-resilient investments in its developing member countries (DMCs).

The project team recently undertook its first consultation mission to Indonesia, one of the project’s three pilot countries, to engage relevant Indonesian government agencies and to refine the scope of work in the country.

Transport infrastructure in Jakarta, Indonesia

The team met with various government agencies, institutes and organizations to secure their involvement, including the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH), Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MFF) and National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).

While the project was introduced to government agencies and counterparts, the project team also used the opportunity to learn about their responsibilities, needs and activities, as well as relevant existing projects and studies. The meetings aimed to establish and build relations with key individuals and stakeholder groups in the water, energy and transport sectors of importance to the successful delivery and uptake of project activities and outputs. Key information sources, data, plans and studies, including existing hydrodynamic and hydraulic models of possible use were identified and collected.

Meeting with National Agency for Disaster Management

Working session with Mr. Apnaeni Henry Winarcahyo from Ministry of Environment and Forestry on GIS data and data exchange

TA team presents at national consultation workshop

Q&A session at national consultation workshop

Part of the mission entailed a half-day workshop with stakeholders to present the project objectives, activities and outputs. The team presented a demonstration of an inventory and decision support system tool, and sought feedback on the proposed methodology framework for identifying critical.

Following this mission the team will focus, among other duties, on the gathering of important data sets and information to complete a web-based inventory of current and planned critical infrastructure in water, energy and transport sectors in South and Southeast Asia. Further project activities include a climate vulnerability assessment of critical infrastructure in the three selected pilot countries (Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam); development of a technical report on climate resilience and standards for critical infrastructure in the three aforementioned sectors; creating knowledge products, including policy briefs and design guidelines; and conducting regional workshops. A second mission to Indonesia to conduct a detailed assessment of the Chimanuk River Basin, selected as case study for the project, will take place later this year. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.