Through the Cities at Risk program, START brought together scientists, city planning professionals, politicians, and civil society representatives to improve collective understanding of how climate change will impact rapidly growing urban centers in their regions and to develop climate and disaster risk strategies that take into account anticipated challenges.
The program engaged individuals and institutions from more than 20 cities in South and Southeast Asia, and eleven cities in Africa through international conferences, intensive training institutes and communications and outreach activities.
Hendricus Andy Simarmata engaged with START during two Cities at Risk events in Bangkok (2010) and Taipei (2011). “The START program helped me to understand global issues, to meet international experts and to learn from other countries’ experiences. This has helped me to understand and define development needs for my own region.” Read more