Like so many of the coastal cities in Southeast Asia (and other regions) established during European colonialism, there has been an ongoing challenge for decades dealing with the growing frequency and intensity of flooding. Jakarta’s flood problems since the 1990s have been nothing less than monumental and the inability of the local and national governments to mitigate flooding in Jakarta is the most visible manifestation of fundamental water management deficiencies. This book offers a comprehensive and systematic historical assessment of Jakarta’s water management practices from the colonial era through the early years of the Indonesian republic and Jakarta’s emergence as a sprawling megacity.
The book draws upon a vast multidisciplinary literature and a wide array of government documents to unravel the complex history of water management that has led to approximately forty percent of the city now lying below sea level.
This book will be a useful reference to those who research on topics such as urbanization in Southeast Asia, sustainable development, urban and planning history, environmental planning, issues of water management (and flooding) and the politics of planning and development.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Rising Water 1. Water in the Urban Landscape 2. Harnessing the Rivers for a Water City 3. Water Management in the New Capital 4. Return to the Waterfront 5. Job One: Dealing with Floods 6. The Social Costs of Flood Control 7. Jakarta’s Present and Future of Water Management
Christopher Silver is Professor at Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida. He is a four-time Fulbright Senior Scholar in Indonesia and holds honorary professorships at the University of Indonesia and the Institute of Technology, Bandung.