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Global Problems, Local Solutions: U.S.-Indonesia Perspectives on Developing Resilient Cities for Sustainable Life

USINDO Jakarta – U.S. Embassy Jakarta – APEKSI – @america

Cordially invite you to an Open Forum on

Global Problems,  Local Solutions:

U.S.-Indonesia Perspectives on

Developing Resilient Cities for Sustainable Life


Arief Wismansyah

Mayor,  Tangerang City

Sri Tantri Arundhati

Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia 

Aniessa Delima Sari

Program Manager, Mercy Corps Indonesia

Jim Nichols

County Manager, Douglas County, Nevada

 Janet K. Regner

Community Services Director, Coconino County,  Arizona

 Bruce M. Applegate, Jr.

Assistant to the City Manager, Oak Ridge City, Tennessee


moderated by:

Wahyu Mulyana

Director Executive,

Urban and Regional Development Institute (URDI)  


Friday, March 4, 2016

2:00 – 4:00 pm




Pacific Place, 3rd Floor

Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 52-53


Cities are the future. The United Nations estimated that more than half of the world currently lives in cities and by 2050, it will increase to two-thirds, or around six billion people. Due to the concentration of diverse human resources and economic activities, cities promote a fertile environment for creativity and innovative ideas and technologies. At the same time, local governments both in the United States and Indonesia are battling crime, congestion, energy scarcity, waste, as well as the increasing intensity of disasters such as floods and hurricanes. Therefore, cities need to explore effective strategies to adapt to shocks and stresses in urban infrastructure systems, especially the ones associated with climate change.

City resilience is being encouraged. Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and respond to economic, social and environmental change in order to increase their long-term sustainability. The UN and other institutions like Rockefeller Foundation and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) have launched programs to support resilient city initiatives around the globe. In June 2015, ten cities in Indonesia committed to the Compact of Mayors – the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change – included Bogor, Bandung, and Tangerang.

What makes a city resilient? How does one implement resilient cities in the United States and Indonesia? What are the challenges and strategies to making cities more adaptable to shocks and changes? How can resilient cities contribute to national adaptation planning both in the U.S. and Indonesia?

The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Jakarta, the Association of the Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI), and @america are delighted to host Arief Wismansyah, Mayor of Tangerang City; Sri Tantri Arundhati, Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia; Aniessa Delima Sari, Program Manager, Mercy Corps Indonesia; Jim Nichols, County Manager, Douglas County, Nevada; Janet K. Regner, Community Services Director, Coconino County, Arizona; and Bruce M. Applegate Jr., Assistant to the City Manager, Oak Ridge City, Tennessee; in this insightful open forum.

This event is open and FREE of charge. To register, please kindly RSVP HERE or email do by March 3, 2015 at 09.00 am.