Greenhouse comes to Banjarmasin


A Call for Assistance to the Developing World



By Own Podger

Bali, Indonesia

Let us consider the plight of Banjarmasin, in Kalimantan, Indonesian. Each year the local government submits to Bappenas, the central planning board of the Republic of Indonesia, its capital expenditure proposals for the following year. Each fifth year it submits a proposal for the city’s Repelita, or five-year plan. Despite injection of special funds from the World Bank, Japan, and elsewhere, it gets less than it believes it deserves.

Let us look briefly at the region of South and Central Kalimantan in the island we know as Borneo (Fig 2). It consists largely of wetlands and mountainous jungles, with wetlands extending up to 200 km inland. Roads are few and expensive to maintain. The swamp is crisscrossed by rivers and canals.

Banjarmasin is the principal city of the region, a city of some 400,000 people living in the swamp on the bank (not that it can really be called a bank, see Fig 3) of the mighty Barito River. It is the major port to the south coast of Kalimantan and some 30 km from the coast.


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Editor’s note: Second Editions are previously published papers that have continued relevance in today’s project management world, or which were originally published in conference proceedings or in a language other than English.  Original publication acknowledged; authors retain copyright.  This paper was a discussion paper originally presented at Greenhouse 88 Project: Planning for Climatic Change, Sydney Public Forum, Sydney, Australia, November 5, 1988. It is republished here with the author’s permission.

How to cite this paper: Podger, O. M. (1988). Greenhouse comes to Banjarmasin: A Call for Assistance to the Developing World; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue IV, April 2021. Originally presented at Greenhouse 88 Project: Planning for Climatic Change, Sydney Public Forum, November 5, 1988.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/pmwj104-Apr2021-Podger-greenhouse-comes-to-banjarmasin-2nd-edition.pdf


About the Author

Owen Podger

Bali, Indonesia


Owen Podger began his career as an architect at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, studied urban design at UCLA and construction management at UNSW. After a career in urban development in Australia and Indonesia, and in academia in Singapore and Papua New Guinea, he has advised the Indonesian government on reforms since the downfall of Soeharto. He was planning adviser to the Aceh and Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR), and supported the Aceh Government in establishing its special autonomy. More recently he has advised the Indonesian Senate on drafting laws on local government, the office of the Vice President of Indonesia on effectiveness of government, and Indonesia’s national planning agency on urban development policy and programs. Owen is now assisting a small USA-Indonesia firm to develop capability in advising on public governance and accountability, and currently is living in Badung, Bali, Indonesia.

He can be contacted at micah68@centrin.net.id and owenpodger@gmail.com.