Malang, Indonesia

Water Banking Movement: Transforming Glintung Go Green from Flood Risk Area



Malang city has 5.5 percent of the city that is characterized by slum conditions covering 608 Ha. The slum settlements are largely inhabited by informal sector workers and are often vulnerable to flood and disease. Glintung community, with the support of Malang city, has demonstrated an environmentally-sustainable approach to addressing climate change challenge through collective action. The neighborhood leaders inspired a planned social environmental movement to transform Glintung from a climate risk to a climate resilient kampong through a participative approach. Malang city government integrated this social movement with the pilot project – Water Banking movement. The community initiatives included tree planting in the neighborhood, building catchment areas in every house, building vertical sky gardens, producing organic produce and integrating local cultural heritage. The technical solutions were provided by Faculty of Engineering, Brawijaya University, and local businesses provided a dedicated market for organic food products.

The Technical Committee selected the Malang city initiative because of the innovative community approach to building resilience to climate change and the green approach to local economic development. The project has the potential to inspire other low-income communities and informal settlements worldwide to improve their living environment, engage in local economic development and improving food and nutrition.