Jumping to the Top: Catalysts for Leapfrogging to a Water Sensitive City

Christoph Brodnik, Jane Holden, Raul Alberto Marino Zamudio, Ash Wright, Vanessa Copa Torrez, Briony Cathryn Rogers, Hadi Arifin, Rebekah Brown, K Djaja, Megan Farrelly, R Kaswanto, D Marsudiantoro, D Marthanty, L Maryonoputri, Emily Payne, M Purwanto, Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Y Suharnoto, J Sumabrata, R SuwarsoY Syaukat, Christian Urich, D Yuliantoro

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Abstract: Climate change, population growth and rapid urbanisation have severe
implications for cities and the way in which they interact with water. As a response to these challenges the water sensitive cities concept emerged, which supports cities to become more resilient to these challenges while making them more prosperous, sustainable and liveable. A water sensitive city harnesses the whole water cycle through integrated water management solutions, designs beautiful blue and green urban spaces and comprises healthy communities who are strongly connected with each other and with their local environment. Indonesian cities have an opportunity to ‘leapfrog’ towards a water sensitive city and to bypass the negative consequences that have resulted from urbanisation and growth that developed countries have gone through. Contributing to this growing field of research, this paper synthesizes key insights from the transformative change, sustainable urban water management and leapfrogging literature. The paper defines what leapfrogging to a water sensitive city means and describes three catalysts that facilitate this transition: transdisciplinary
science, cross sectoral collaboration and innovation experiments. The paper also
introduces a joint Australian-Indonesian research program that develops water
sensitive city leapfrogging strategies by translating these catalysts into practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd International Symposium for Sustainable Landscape Development
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017
Event3rd International Symposium for Sustainable Landscape Development - IPB International Convention Center, Bogor, Indonesia
Duration: 14 Nov 201715 Nov 2017
Conference number: 3rd


Conference3rd International Symposium for Sustainable Landscape Development
Abbreviated titleISSLD
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  • Water sensitive city
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Benchmark index
  • modeling

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