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.