Indonesia’s New Capital: Towards a Climate-Resilient City


About the Webinar

During his parliamentary speech in 2019, President Joko Widodo announced the plan to move Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan. He named North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan as sites for the country’s next capital city. The current capital of Jakarta has been facing many environmental problems such as flooding, rising sea levels, and pollution. The establishment of this new urban area in Kalimantan was seen as an opportunity for the country to address inequality and relieve some of the environmental pressures on Jakarta. With an estimated US$33 billion to construct the new capital, the project will start the construction phase in 2021. By 2024, the government expects to start moving more than 1 million civil servants to the new capital.

This webinar will bring together a policymaker and an urban planning expert in Indonesia to discuss the strategic plans and planning process of the new capital. It will look on the extent to which planning is adaptive towards the climate crisis. The speakers will shed light on the area’s suitability as well as local government’s preparedness in dealing with this plan, especially amidst the ongoing global health crisis.

About the Speakers

Tri Dewi Virgiyanti is currently Director of Housing and Settlements at the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Republic of Indonesia. Her duties include formulating, planning, monitoring and evaluating annual, medium and long-term urban, housing and settlement development programs and policies in the country. She has been serving for more than 23 years in the agency. Prior to her current position, she served as the Head of Environmental Pollution and Degradation Control Division. Ms Virgiyanti has a B.Sc in Environmental Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia, and an MSc in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University (ANU), Australia.

Hendricus Andy Simarmata is an urban planner and the President of Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners. He has 20 years of experience in research, consultancy, and advocacy in the field of sustainable urban development. He previously lectured and performed as a Senior Researcher at the University of Indonesia’s Urban Development Studies postgraduate program from 2008 to 2013 and worked as an Urban Planning consultant from 2001 to 2008. In 2015, Dr Simarmata earned his PhD in Development Studies from The University of Bonn, Germany. Following completion of his doctoral studies, he has started a consulting and an advisory business to help government agencies and private companies build the sustainability pathway.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Oct 09 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am