New Indonesian council for water resources

Posted: 2008-12-01

IWRM reform got a boost from the government of Indonesia in 2008, with a newly established multi-stakeholder National Water Resources Council, which replaces the National Water Resources Management Coordination Team (NWRMCT). The government also stipulated revisions of two regulations that deal with reform in surface and groundwater management, to encourage more public participation and to clarify institutional responsibilities at all levels. GWP Indonesia’s role in this process goes back to 2004–2006 when it organised several rounds of dialogue on various types of river basins, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and NWRMCT. The comprehensive framework document for advancing IWRM implementation, prepared by GWP Indonesia, was adopted by the government in 2006. The Minister of Public Works is following up on the new revisions at central, regional and river basin levels. Also, in August 2008, GWP Indonesia held a training workshop for 60 journalists. This fostered understanding in the media about the relationship between water resources management and environmental sustainability.

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