Under the Asian Development Bank Green Cities programme, UNESCO-IHE and Bax & Willems are supporting Kendari, a city in Indonesia through the ‘MARE Asia’ project. The project applies the successful Learning & Action Alliance (LAA) approach from MARE Europe. Prof. Chris Zevenbergen sees great opportunity for the city to grow in a sustainable and green way.
The objective of MARE Asia is to support medium and small sized cities to leapfrog into greener and climate proof futures within the scope of CDTA-INO: Green Cities of ADB, by enabling learning from each others experience at different scales - among cities and stakeholders.
"The city of Kendari is growing rapidly from 300.000 to a foreseen 700.000 inhabitants in 20 years. It has a golden opportunity to do this sustainably and inclusively to create a green and liveable city", according to Mayor Asrun and Professor Chris Zevenbergen.
The Learning and Action Alliance in Kendari develops an integrated long-term strategic plan, and aims to bridge the implementation gap, to go from a city vision to bankable projects.
Four demonstration projects have been selected, such as the Kendari Bay development and the reforestation of the Mangrove forest. These projects combine urban development with greening, water management, recreation, and multiple other values.
The project also generated some local news coverage
Read more about Kendari on the MARE Asia website