Enhancing local capacity for implementing transboundary revitalisation policies for the Citarum River

  • Novalia, Wikke (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Rogers, Briony (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Yosafat, Yosua (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Suwarso, Reni (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Research has argued that enhanced local capacity is important for tackling global change problems. Yet, in practice, many sustainability challenges fail to gain traction due to limited local capacities for policy implementation. Our project explores this knowledge-practice gap by investigating institutional conditions at the municipal level that shape implementation of transboundary river policies. We focus on two municipalities in the vulnerable upstream of Citarum River, Indonesia, one of the most heavily polluted in the world. The government has promoted an integrated approach although with limited implementation success. We develop a framework of local enablers and utilise it as a transdisciplinary tool to engage local stakeholders in action research, comprising interviews and participatory workshops, to co-develop visions, strategies, and capacities to implement the revitalisation policies. Our project also enhances scientific collaboration between Indonesia and Australia, whilst generating transferable evidence and tools for characterising the institutional dimensions of transboundary environmental governance, and how it may be enhanced from the bottom up to support more sustainable environmental management approaches across other degraded river systems in the Asia-Pacific regions.

This research project is funded by the Asia Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research, and part of the larger Citarum Action Research Program (CARP). CARP is currently being developed and co-led by Monash University and Universitas Indonesia. This project contributes to one of the key research agendas under CARP, which is to understand the institutional enablers and barriers that shape river revitalisation outcomes in the Citarum River.
Short titleAPN Early Career Scientists
Effective start/end date8/03/217/06/24


  • Asia Pacific Network
  • SDG 6