Kendari (Indonesia) is growing rapidly from 300.000 to a foreseen 700.000 inhabitants in 20 years. It has a golden opportunity to do this sustainably and inclusively to create a green and liveable city¨, according to Mayor Asrun and prof. Chris Zevenbergen.


Under the Asian Development Bank Green Cities programme, UNESCO-IHE is supporting Kendari through the ‘MARE Asia’ project with consultancy input from Bax and Willams. It applies the successful Learning & Action Alliance (LAA) approach from MARE Europe. The LAA in Kendari develops an integrated long-term strategic plan, and aims to bridge the implementation gap, to go from a city vision to bankable projects.

4 demonstration projects have been selected, inter alia: the Kendari Bay development and the reforestation of the Mangrove forest. These projects combine urban development with greening, water management, recreation, and multiple other values.

Dr. Sebastiaan van Herk led a Learning & Action Alliance meeting and design workshop. New designs embrace the concepts: building with nature, water sensitive urban design, to create bankable investment projects. Various LAA partners work together to deliver the projects: National Development planning agency Bappenas, The City of Kendari, Province Sulawesi Tenggara, NGOs and private companies.