Final Dissemination Workshop on Promoting Ecological and Ecohydrological Solutions for Sustainable Water Management in Indonesia and Asia Pacific Region

UNESCO Office Jakarta in collaboration with Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology (APCE), Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), Indonesia Global Compact Networks, PDAM Tirtanadi and National University Networks (Bogor Agricultural University, University of Timor, University of Brawijaya, University of Jember and University of Sumatera Utara) within the framework of Indonesia-fund-in Trust with generous support from the Government of Indonesia organized the Final Dissemination Workshop on “Promoting Ecological and Eco-hydrological Solutions for Sustainable Water Management in Indonesia and Asia Pacific Regions”.

The aims of this workshop were to present and discuss the achievements and results from seven demonstration sites throughout Indonesia by implementing and ecohydrology as tool for better sustainable water management and to synthesize them into a policy document from the project recommendations.

The workshop was attended by 48 national and international participants (24 men and 24 women) from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Timor Leste. The invited participants were the representatives from UNESCO Field Offices (UNESCO Office Dhaka and UNESCO Office Islamabad), UNESCO Category 2 Centres (Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology-APCE and The Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific - HTC Kuala Lumpur), United Nations Secretary-Generals Advisory Board on Water & Sanitation UNSGAB, Timor Geoscience Society, Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), Indonesia Global Compact Networks, PDAM Tirtanadi, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, University scholars in Asia Pacific (Bogor Agricultural University, University of Timor, University of Brawijaya, University of Jember, University of Sumatera Utara, and University of Timor Leste).

The three days workshop included two days meeting and one day field visit to Pari Island, one of the demonstration site. Through Pari Island’s visit, participants could get a closer look at Pari Island water security and water quality issues together with SIMBAT technology implementation. On the first day, project partners showcased the final results of their activities (7 established pilot project) and synthesized the projects results aligning them with Indonesian Medium Term Development Plan 2015-2019 and outlining the project’s contribution to Indonesian National Development. The contributions were made mainly around Water Security Issue under the seventh national agenda: “Realizing economic independence by mobilizing strategic sectors of domestic economics”.