The Minister of Public Works and People's Housing (MPWH), Basuki Hadimuljono as the Vice Chairman of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of the 10th World Water Forum, revealed that the National Water Dialogue held in Bali on October 11 yielded several recommendations that underscore the vital role of water in advancing Indonesia's Golden Vision for 2045.
The event, which was a side event in the series of meetings the 10th World Water Forum, was attended by Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator of the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Yeongdeok Cho, Secretary-General of the Asia Water Council (AWC).
"This event also aligns with the 2nd Stakeholder Consultation Meeting (SCM) for the World Water Forum 2024, which is scheduled for tomorrow. The outcomes of the National Dialogue are in harmony with the overarching theme of the 10th World Water Forum, "Water for Shared Prosperity," and can serve as a source of inspiration for all participants. Additionally, it contributes to the regional World Water Forum process," Minister Basuki stated.
A Strong Multi Stakeholder Partnerships
The National Water Dialogue in Indonesia is the result of a strong partnership between the Ministry of MPWH, the National Development planning Ministry (BAPPENAS), the Asia Water Council, and the OECD. This event provides an opportunity for stakeholders from national to global levels to learn from one another and actively engage in ensuring the relevance of policy recommendations.
"The active involvement of stakeholders from all over Indonesia and abroad makes the National water Dialogue an opportunity to learn from international experiences and ensure that policy recommendations are in line with the context and reflect Indonesia's needs," Minister Basuki emphasized.
Furthermore, the national dialogue has generated valuable insights for sustainable water management in Indonesia, including recommendations concerning water tariffs and fees to finance water infrastructure investments and water management. It has also addressed Land Value Capture as an innovative source of water financing and non-structural measures to tackle disaster risk reduction related to water.
Three OECD Recommendations
During the same event, Xavier Leflaive, the Principal Administrator of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), explained that there are three non-structural recommendations for reducing disaster risks related to water.
These recommendations include coordinating all disaster management institutions, promoting land-use planning that is resilient to disasters, and enhancing flood forecasting systems.
The National Water Dialogue in Indonesia was also attended by Ervan Maksum, Deputy for Infrastructure and Facilities at Bappenas, Mohammad Zainal Fatah, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of MPWH, Bob Arthur Lombogia, the Director-General of Water Resources, and Endra S. Atmawidjaja, Advisor to the Minister of MPWH for Technology, Industry, and the Environment.