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Sea level rise, worsening flooding and land subsidence in and around Jakarta have prompted Indonesian officials to resurrect plans to move the country’s capital - but local residents and experts say Jakarta itself will not survive unless it adapts to cope with climate change.

Plans to relocate Indonesia’s central government, parliament and public offices to another province on the island of Java or to another island in the Indonesian archipelago have been proposed on and off since the 1930s because of problems in Jakarta including overcrowding and rising sea level, which has led to worsening flooding.

But environmental experts now say a move is urgent to allow officials to soften the impact of climate change on the congested city of 9.6 million people.

Read more: Need to move Indonesia's capital growing urgent in face of climate change, experts say

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