Jakarta has become a victim of intensive over-development and in some northern coastal areas the city is dropping by five to twenty centimetres a year. In fact, it's been predicted that it could sink three to five meters below sea level by the year 2050.

This is a critical situation not just for the four million residents in the low lying coastal zone and over $200 billion of real estate value, but also for the economic value of the whole region.

The National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) programme was created to urgently address the issue. The programme aims to restore flood safety, improve the ecological balance and quality of the environment, address urban challenges such as infrastructure, water supply and urban revitalisation, as well as support sustainable economic growth. A massive undertaking for all involved.

A challenging and multifaceted project, NCICD gives the Indonesian government the opportunity not only to protect and develop North Jakarta but to promote the capital as a development model for other sustainable delta cities around the world. With capacity development support from UNESCO-IHE, the programme is unique in Indonesian history and in a broader global context - experience with the preparation, implementation and operation of such a complex and extensive scheme (from a governance perspective) is limited.

Collaboration and learning are two of the keys that continue to unlock progress as the programme enters its second phase in 2015. By openly sharing information and knowledge, an effective, robust and authoritative development authority will mature and reach its goals.

The Dutch government under its bilateral cooperation agreement has provided funds for expert teams to prepare a Master Plan and support the Programme Management Unit. A consortium led by Royal HaskoningDHV and involving expertise from Rebel Group, Unesco-IHE and Deltares has assisted the PMU. We have been responsible for the delivery of institutional, financial and business case aspects of the Programme management Unit for the first phase of the services as well as providing guidance for stakeholder management.

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Martijn van Elswijk

Director Advisory Group Asia

Jakarta, ID

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