Water solutions for the 21st century

Nick Clark, Environmental Editor at Al Jazeera English started this discussion by asking each panelist to describe some of the main urban water challenges in each of their local contexts. Carla May Berina-Kim, the Executive Director of the Manila Water Foundation, explained that in Manila, illegal water connections lead to quality issues, and that while water coverage is fairly good, only a third of the city has coverage when it comes to sewage. Lack of sewage infrastructure — the result of poor urban planning — is a main cause. Koen Broersma, a Consultant of Urban Water Management at Royal HaskoningDHV described the situation here in Jakarta: water supply is lacking, causing residents to use wells and pumps, which then causes subsidence (land sinking) and flooding. Untreated wastewater flooding to the sea is another major concern. Roch Cheroux, the CEO South East Asia at Suez Environnement explained that in Australia, the driest continent, lack of water is a challenge, as is affordability — utilities are not run efficiently, so costs are high. Also, Australia’s water infrastructure is old, and renewing it would be costly. Finally, Aziza Chaouni, Founding Principal at Aziza Chaouni Projects, indicated that in Morocco, too, lack of water is an issue — especially since agriculture, a major source of income for Moroccans, requires heavy water use. Read more.

Greg Lindsay — The Urban Moment

The New Cities Summit in Jakarta started with a keynote presentation by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, Mobility Initiative at the New Cities Foundation. Mr. Lindsay emphasized the fact that the urban century is largely an Asian phenomenon, and that it is just getting started: many Asian countries such as India and Vietnam still have urbanization rates well below 50 percent. However this is changing quickly — within a few decades, the landmass of cities worldwide will triple, representing an astounding acceleration of urbanization. Mr. Lindsay represented this challenge of urbanization as a "wicked problem," meaning that it cannot be solved, just managed. Mr. Lindsay concluded by highlighting a number of important challenges facing cities, notably transportation. He cited Mitchell L. Moss's study showing that in New York City, transportation is the primary factor determining access to job opportunities: "Having a transit card is more important than having a college education."

Selamat Datang ke New Cities Summit!

Halo dari Konferensi New Cities Summit di Jakarta, Indonesia. Minggu ini tim URB.im — Josephine d'Allant dan Widya Anggraini — akan meliput langsung dari Jakarta melalui blog ini untuk membawakan berita terbaru dari New Cities Summit yang akan berlangsung dari 9-11 Juni 2015. New Cities Summit diselenggarakan oleh New Cities Foundation yang merupakan acara global terkemuka mengenai masa depan perkotaan. Pantau terus blog ini untuk menemukan informasi, ide, dan laporan terkini dari beragam sesi menarik selama berlangsungnya event ini.

Welcome to the New Cities Summit!

Hello from the New Cities Summit conference in Jakarta, Indonesia! This week, Josephine d'Allant and Widya Anggraini of the URB.im team will be blogging live from Jakarta to bring you the latest from the New Cities Summit, which runs from 9-11 June, 2015. The New Cities Summit, organized by the New Cities Foundation, is the leading global event on the future of cities. Watch this space all this week for dispatches, reports, ideas, and insights from the sessions here in Jakarta!