Purnomo Dwi Sasongko

Semarang City Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). 100 Resilient Cities
Semarang Climate Change Resilience Working Group Coordinator. ACCCRN Program


August 16, 2017
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Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and system within a City to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience (Rodin, 2015).

Semarang selected as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, and launched the City Resilience Strategy in May 23rd 2016. The Strategy development process also referred to the principles of resilience qualities (reflective, resourceful, inclusive, integrated, robust, redundant and flexible) in order to design resilience in city systems, services and institutions.

Semarang is paving its way to work together towards a great city, through collaborative and inclusive efforts, we will become a much more resilient city with enhanced security, efficient mobility and excellent capacity, and will embrace practicing resilience as part of our culture.

·      Security : Establish an urban system that meets basic needs, ensures socio-economic security anf prepares for disaster emergencies and disease outbreaks.

·      Mobility : Provide efficient accessibility and connectivity for improving the community’s wellbeing.

·      Capacity : Building the capacity of all stakeholders, increasing their productivity and capabilities in urban development.

Semarang City Resilient Strategy was built on capacity building of the city’s institutions, people and communities while addressing the main Challenges, and each initiatives mainly tackles direct challenges, but it is strongly based on capacity building on the affected stakeholders in order to build and maintain their resilience better. People and communities respond, adapt and learn when they face shocks and stresses that are beyond technical solutions and infrastructure.

A holistic view on Semarang resilience challenges under six pillars strategies, as follows :

1.     Sustainable Water and Energy

2.    New Economic Opportunities

3.    Preparedness for Disaster and Disease Outbreaks

4.     Integrated Mobility

5.     Transparent Public Information and Governance

6.     Competitive Human Resources

Purnomo Dwi Sasongko is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for Semarang City as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiatives, and the Coordinator of the Semarang Climate Change Resilience Working Group in the ACCCRN Program (Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network), both pioneered by the Rockerfeller Foundation.

Holding a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning he was appointed as Urban Planner in Capital Investment Department, Indonesia, before being recently appointed Deputy Director in January 2017.

He was formerly Secretary in the Development and Planning Board (BAPPEDA) of Semarang City from 2014 to 2016. Prior to this, he had headed different divisions in the local Indonesian government agencies for more than 15 years. These different roles and responsibilities had equipped him with extensive knowledge and experiences in issues that are mainly relevant to housing and settlement, environment, spatial planning and also urban planning.

Purnomo is also Chairman of IUCCE (Initiatives for Urban Climate Change and Environment). IUCCE is an initiative undertaken by practitioners whose works involve climate change, environment, urban planning, and urban development to improve institutional capacity, promoting urban resilience in response to climate change impact in Indonesia.