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Ecosystem-based adaptation at scale through Building with Nature - Towards resilient coasts in Indonesia

As of: April 2018

Objective and activities

Indonesian coasts suffer from erosion, caused by sea level rise, mangrove conversion for aquaculture and groundwater extraction. In some places kilometres of land are lost and this will exacerbate with climate change. Over 30 million people in Java alone are at risk. Hard structures like sea walls are ineffective in mud-coasts, expensive and unable to adapt to climate change. Furthermore, they fail to provide the economic, environmental and social services that healthy ecosystems offer. Using a Building with Nature approach the project combines ecosystem based solutions like mangrove restoration with engineering. We aim to mainstream the Building with Nature approach in coastal management across Indonesia for climate change adaptation and to implement a large pilot in Central Java to catalyse change.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Wetlands International (WI) - Netherlands

Partner institution:
  • Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Public Work (PU) - Indonesia

BMU grant:
€ 3,043,648

09/2015 till 07/2020


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