Re-framing planning decision-making : increasing flood resilience in Jakarta

Sunarharum, Tri Mulyani, Sloan, Mellini, & Susilawati, Connie (2014) Re-framing planning decision-making : increasing flood resilience in Jakarta. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 5(3), pp. 230-242.

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Purpose – Rapid urbanisation, fragmented governance and recurrent flooding complicates resolution of DKI Jakarta’s chronic housing shortage. Failure to effectively implement planning decisionmaking processes poses potential human rights violations. Contemporary planning policy requires the relocation of households living in floodplains within fifteen metres of DKI Jakarta’s main watercourses; further constraining land availability and potentially requiring increased densification. The purpose of this paper is to re-frame planning decision-making to address risks of flooding and to increase community resilience.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper presents a preliminary scoping study for a technologically enhanced participatory planning method, incorporating synthesis of existing information on urbanisation, governance, and flood risk management in Jakarta.

Findings – Responsibility for flood risk management in DKI Jakarta is fragmented both within and across administrative boundaries. Decision-making is further complicated by: limited availability of land use data; uncertainty as to the delineated extent of watercourses, floodplains, and flood modelling; unclear risk and liability for infrastructure investments; and technical literacy of both public and government participants.

Practical implications – This research provides information to facilitate consultation with government entities tasked with re-framing planning processes to increase public participation.

Social implications – Reduction in risk exposure amongst DKI Jakarta’s most vulnerable populations addresses issues of social justice.

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ID Code: 75509
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Flood risk management, Resilience, Participatory planning, Planning decision-making, Decision-support tools
ISSN: 1759-5908
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
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Deposited On: 25 Aug 2014 23:11
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 05:06

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