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posted on 27.06.2019, 12:53 authored by Nafsika Drosou, Robby SoetantoRobby Soetanto, Ferry Hermawan, Ksenia ChmutinaKsenia Chmutina, Lee BosherLee Bosher, Jati Utomo Dwi Hatmoko
Numerous fast-growing coastal cities in the Global South are exposed to coastal, fluvial and pluvial floods, as a consequence of decades-long rapid urbanisation and weak enforcement of planning regulations. Integrating Blue–Green Infrastructure (BGI) concepts into the development of the urban landscape has the potential to increase flood resilience and offer broader environmental benefits. BGI is an innovative approach that combines water management and green infrastructure to maintain natural water cycles and enhance environmental and urban renewal. This paper identifies socio-economic, cultural and political challenges influencing BGI adoption in Semarang city in Indonesia. Data was collected from residents of three communities through interviews (n=30), questionnaires (n=180) and focus groups with policymakers and community representatives. The combined quantitative and qualitative data provide an understanding of the specific socio-economic, cultural and political issues at play and reveal flood experience as well as perceptions of community members regarding flood management. Challenges are presented from the point of view of residents and local policymakers and are based on a framework for facilitating local BGI adoption, setting the principles of “inclusive”, “appropriate” and “proactive” as pre-conditions for enhancing community resilience to flooding.

Funding

This research was undertaken as part of the Newton Institutional Links/INSINAS-KLN scheme (grant reference: GA261682033; 397-05/UN7.5.1/PG/2017; 101-59/UN7.P4.3/PP/2018) and was jointly funded by the British Council and Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Water

Volume

11

Issue

6

Pages

1234 - 1234

Citation

DROSOU, N. .... et al., 2019. Key factors influencing wider adoption of blue–green infrastructure in developing cities. Water, 11(6): 1234.

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© the Authors. Published by MDPI AG

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Acceptance date

12/06/2019

Publication date

2019

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

eISSN

2073-4441

Language

en