World Water Day: Indonesia Water Coalition’s Afternoon Talk with the Founding Members (GWP-SEA)

World Water Day is an important milestone to raise the awareness of water security globally. The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. The value of water is greater than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multidimensional value, it will be challenging to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of people, environment, and economic development. The Indonesia Water Coalition (IWC) that officially established through the charter signing ceremony on the 29 January 2021 sees World Water Day as an important milestone to achieve water security in Indonesia, which aligns with its vision. Since its establishment in January 2021, the coalition has been focusing on initiating multi-stakeholder collaboration to tackle the growing water challenges jointly. To leverage best practices from each company and organization, we are inviting the coalition’s founding members to share their commitments, achievements, and future-plans to the public via online sharing sessions between 22-31 March 2021. As one of the founding members, Fany Wedahuditama, Regional Coordinator for Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia (GWP-SEA) shared these discussion topic on the 29 March 2021.

The points of discussion centered on GWP-SEA's achievements to valuing water, the commitments or targets, and how can GWP-SEA contribute for the advancement of IWC in the future. The regional Coordinator take an example from Indonesia in facilitating the adoption and implementation of the IWRM. Based on the lesson from previous activities in Indonesia and region, GWP-SEA has started to developing an open-project/program schemes through a pilot project by collaborating with partners, which later can be offered to the prospective donors. The open scheme is being developed to ensure anyone who have interest in the project/program can join anytime starting from the planning until implementation phase. He showed the example from Citarum River Basin rehabilitation in West Java – Indonesia, which at one of the focus group discussion, a private sector who wants to contribute to the projects did not know who they should talk with and which planning documents should be referred to.
Fany explained that the involvement of GWP-SEA as a founding members of Indonesia Water Coalition started from personal networks with several companies and international organizations, operates in Indonesia. Each organization dreams for a better water management and the only way to make a bigger impacts is through collaboration and by organized all the initiatives under the same platform. GWP-SEA hoping Indonesia Water Partnership can be part of the IWC in the near future as at the moment the IWC still in an early state of development. GWP-SEA hoping IWC can learn from the implementation of IWRM in the region and vice-versa.