The “Integrated Regional Climate Lab North Jakarta and Port (JaC-Lab)” is a project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). JaC-Lab is one of several projects within the funding programme Sustainable Development of Urban Regions (NUR).


The overall goal of the JaC-Lab initiative is to integrate urgent short- and middle-term climate change adaptation and mitigation actions into a long-term sustainable urban transition frame- and network. By applying the method of Urban Transition Management (UTM) (Roorda et al. 2014), the project aims to guide local stakeholders (governmental institutions, business representatives, civil society and academia) – the Quadruple Helix – to address and implement measures of adaptation and climate change mitigation based on a sustainable urban development strategy. JaC-Lab uses effect chains between single Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on the level of integrated urban planning and the model of Sustainable Urban Metabolism (SUM) as means to produce applicable results.


The BMBF funding programme “Sustainable Development of Urban Regions” (NUR) is divided into three phases:

  1. Definition phase (18 months, August 2019 – January 2021)
  2. Research and development phase (48 months)
  3. Implementation phase (24 months)

The definition phase of the JaC-Lab project is again divided into three phases:

  1. Orientation
  2. Agenda and road mapping
  3. Transition networks & preparation of the living labs

In the definition phase, a total of nine universities and research institutions from Germany and Indonesia are dedicated to eleven work packages. In each case a German and an Indonesian partner share the lead for each work package.

  • Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Center for Climate Change
  • Difu – German Institute of Urban Affairs, Area: Infrastructure, Economy and Finance
  • Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Faculty of Geography
  • Ruhr University Bochum, Geographic Institute (GI-RUB)
  • University of Bremen, artec Sustainability Research Center (UB-artec)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen, Joint Centre Urban Systems (UDE-JUS)
  • University of Indonesia (UI), Department of Geography
  • University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (Untirta), Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy (WI), Division: Future Energy and Mobility Structures

The definition phase concentrates on establishing a multi-stakeholder co-design process – “North Jakarta Sustainability Innovation Lab” – to produce a common Transition Agenda, guided by UTM as a participatory sequence of joint preparation, knowledge production and envisioning of transition pathways. The definition phase aims to create and select high priority research and development projects and to integrate several of them into a comprehensive action frame- and network of sustainability transition. The network shall be implemented as the “North Jakarta Sustainability Living Lab” in which interrelated multiplier and pilot measures are combined to serve the overall sustainable urban development scenario.


North Jakarta Region is among the most vulnerable areas to climate change in Southeast Asia. Within this highly urbanized coastal region (1.) different urban pattern of the city, (2.) the Tanjung Priok Port and (3.) drastically degraded coastal ecosystems form a triangle of interdependent risks. Tanjung Priok Port is the key logistics hub for not only Jakarta and its hinterlands but also a significant factor for the economy of Indonesia and the supply systems of the whole Southeast Asia. The setting demonstrates the urgent need for an integrated solution in which the given elements are not considered fragmented but as a system in the understanding of the New Urban Agenda (NUA; United Nations 2016). As prerequisite, stronger coordination and collaboration within intersectoral networks of transition are up to now underrepresented skills in the efforts of Indonesia connected to sustainable (urban) development.


  • Virtual Workspace, Collaboration Software
  • Website
  • Formation of the transition team (TT)
  • Draft for RTDI-atlas
  • RTDI-atlas
  • Capacity Building Strategy (Outline)
  • System Maps (CLD & VM)
  • Initial transformation scenarios and network of solutions
  • Transition Arena
  • Transition Arena Group (TAG)
  • Stakeholder Map
  • TAG sub-groups
  • Transition Agenda
  • Benchmark for Resilience Design
  • Urban Resilience Design Principles and Guidelines
  • Living Labs/Transition Experiments
  • Proposal for R&D Phase
  • Strategy for communication for sustainable social change
  • List of engaged stakeholders with definition of support
  • R&D program guide