Wednesday, 24 April 2019 – Indonesia’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserves at Berbak Sembilang, Komodo and Wakatobi have been identified as potential sites for water safety and security projects by the Indonesia Water Mandate Working Group (IWMWG), a special working group under the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN).
Access to clean water and sanitation remains a challenge for many countries across the globe. Even the islands of Indonesia, surrounded by oceans on all sides, face looming water security challenges. In the world’s fourth largest nation, and the biggest in Southeast Asia, more than 30 million of Indonesia’s 267 million people have no access to clean water, while another 51 million have no access to adequate sanitation facilities. Many communities across the Indonesian archipelago also face furtherwater-related complications from floods or droughts.
The announcement of proposed sites follows the Group’s successful pilot project on water access and water quality in the Pari Island, which will form the basis of the approach in the upcoming project sites.
The Pari Island project was started in 2016 with the support of APP and involves introducing water storage technology and water management, waste management and sanitation training for to the people of Pari Island. The program is hoped to enable the people of Pari Island to improve their own quality of life and educate visiting tourists about wise water usage and waste reduction technique.
In the proposed Berbak Sembilang site, APP and the Belantara Foundation has already begun water access and sanitation work in Sungsang village, deploying two water treatment machines to produce clean drinking water and latrine packages to reduce the practice of open defecation.
Trash bins for separating organic and non-organic waste has also been deployed to reduce improper waste disposal which can lead to the clogging and pollution of waterways. The collected waste is now sent to a waste back which chops up plastic waste to be sold for recycling.
Public education is also being provided to residents of Sungsang village, to ensure that these water projects are properly utilized and sustained.
The IWMWG, chaired by APP, is also exploring ways to leverage new technologies and discoveries to help address these threats. A key innovation actively promoted by the IGCN is the building of biopores, cylindrical holes made vertically into the ground as a method of water infiltration aimed at absorbing overflowing water by increasing the absorption of water by the soil. In 2018, nearly one millionbioporeshave been deployed in vulnerable landscapes around Jakarta.
“Alongside academic research, the Indonesia Water Mandate Working Group also encourages partnership collaboration between stakeholders in the field to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 6 concerning clean water and sanitation. One of our programs is a cooperation program with UNESCO to promote water management technology to the society, such as the biopore program and waste management training,” said APP Sinar Mas Director of Sustainability ElimSritaba.
Working together, companies, organizations and communities can help achievea sustainable water supply and ensure proper water management for the entire Indonesian people.
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About Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN)
IGCN is a local network of UN Global Compact, aim to promote Ten Principal of UN Global Compact through training, facilitation, dialog and collaborative action for the company in order to run a sustainable business. IGCN encourage corporations, non-protif oranization, and academics to cooperate in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia.