ADB IHE Delft Knowledge Partnership
Asian Development Bank - IHE Delft


The objective of this project is to support medium and small sized cities to leapfrog into greener and climate proof futures within the scope of CDTA-INO: Green Cities of ADB, by enabling learning from each others experience at different scales - among cities and stakeholders.

The diminishing of natural resources combined with climate change becomes a major risk for urban areas in Asia. The high urbanization rate, lack of appropriate infrastructure and investments, and climate change vulnerability put Indonesia in a risky position regarding livability.

Urgent changes are needed and coordination on each institutional level between government agencies, private sector, community organizations and citizens in order to successfully implement climate adaptation process.

Identifying the major climate and water management issues in the cities will enable the stakeholders to develop intervention opportunities, which will result with a series of project ideas that can help greening of the city.

The objective of the project is to improve overall livability in the cities by understanding the urban profile and to develop best practices for climate adaptation. Read more on the MARE Asia website.

Improving livability

On 30 January 2015, IHE Delft published an in-depth story on the MARE Asia project called 'From unlivable to livable: improving the urban environment of Asian cities'. Project leader of MARE Asia Assela Pathirana shares his experiences. Read the story here.