05.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

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

Picture 1. The Participants of Final Dissemination Workshop on Promoting Ecological and Eco-hydrological 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”.

 

Figure 2. Prof Shahbaz Keynote Speech on “Ecohydrology, Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World”

On the second day, the participants focused their discussions on international perspectives on ecohydrology, sustainable water resource management and the delivery of SDG 6. The workshop was also officially opened by Prof Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative, UNESCO Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, and remark from Prof. Arief Rachman, Indonesia National Commission for UNESCO. Keynote speeches were delivered by Dr. Olivia Castillo on Sustainable Development on Water Resources and Prof. Shahbaz Khan on Ecohydrology, Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World. It was followed by a special session on international perspectives and two panel discussion on Ecohydrology Approach and on Sustainable Development Solutions with Prof. El Hadji Salif Diop, Mr. Junaid Nassem, Dr. Norlida binti Mohd. Dom, Dr. Siti Sundari, Prof. Hidayat Pawitan, Dr. Zulmira Ximenes da Costa, Ms. Beatrice Kaldun and Mr. Valente Ferreira as resource persons.

The discussions concluded that great results were gathered by each of the demonstration sites and documentations for dissemination were essential. Also the next step would be to identify how those pilots could be upscaled for greater application in the region. it was also concluded there was a need for training, capacity buildings and further curricula development for different target groups and education levels. Therefore it was proposed to establish the “Virtual Schools of Ecohydrology and Water Education network in Asia and the Pacific region” to consolidate the newly established partnerships and network between project partners. The virtual network will promote ecohydrology and water education between universities and stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific region and provide co-assistance between members in implementing the curricula.

Figure 3 and 4. Participants active participation in mangrove plantings

On the last day, participants visited Pulau Pari in Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta, the location of the pilot project “Community Education to Raise Awareness on Water Security and Water Quality in Small Islands”. This field visit was facilitated by LIPI Research Center Geotechnology and LIPI UPT LPKSDMO Pulau Pari. After observing in situ water issues and challenges related to small islands and  being introduced to SIMBAT technology implementation, the participants had the opportunity to participate to a mangrove planting activity.

For more information, please contact Mr. Shahbaz Khan (s.khan(at)unesco.org)




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