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PolyUrbanWaters begins pilot activities in three Southeast Asian cities

The PolyUrbanWaters team visits a neighbourhood in Sam Neua, Laos

Supporting Pilot Cities, Progressing Holistic Urban Development

The PolyUrbanWaters project, begun in 2018 with an initial assessment phase, has moved forward into the definition phase. In three pilot cities in three different countries—Sleman (Indonesia), Kratie (Cambodia) and Sam Neua (Laos)—PolyUrbanWaters will support specific implementation activities for polycentric approaches to managing urban water resources in Southeast Asia.

The project aims to generate comprehensive scientific knowledge that helps develop practice-relevant strategic planning models for fast-growing cities and peri-urban areas in Southeast Asia, enabling them to implement polycentric approaches for water-sensitive urban development. Through these means, the project will contribute to the liveability, inclusiveness and climate resilience of urban spaces and to the localisation of Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), PolyUrbanWaters is a joint initiative of 18 partners (municipalities, local government, academia, civil society and private sector) in Germany, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Lead partners are BORDA, the Habitat Unit at the Technical University of Berlin, and the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Technical University of Cologne.

The PolyUrbanWaters project responds to an emerging discourse in Southeast Asia between academia, policy makers, the private sector and civil society, whereby:

  • a) "classical" urban planning models–such as the development and implementation of master plans based on centralised, constantly growing infrastructure over time–have reached their limits;
  • b) models of water-sensitive, polycentric urban development meet the needs and realities of urban areas; and
  • c) cross-sectoral cooperation at municipality level can serve as a lever for a comprehensive nexus-orientated (water, energy, infrastructure, food) transformation.

PolyUrbanWaters Launch Activities in Pilot Cities

During missions to each of the three pilot cities (2-4 Sep 2019 in Sleman, 9-13 Sep in Sam Neua and 4-8 Nov 2019 in Kratié), the PolyUrbanWaters team officially launched the project with kick-off workshops and site visits. Project partners, local municipalities and communities were involved in several working sessions, presentations, introductions and networking events. > More about our pilot cities

Follow-up missions in November–December 2019 are to focus on scoping workshops and contextual studies, with the aim of defining partner consortia and local sites

for the implementation of polycentric approaches to urban water management. > More project updates

In September 2019 the PolyUrbanWaters project kicked off its definition phase, supporting specific implementation activities for polycentric approaches to urban water management in Sleman (Indonesia), Kratie (Cambodia) and Sam Neua (Laos)

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