Floating village wins first Indonesia-Netherlands young water talent award
Student team from Institute Teknologi Bandung (ITB) won the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge with their innovative concept for an integrated floating village.
The team received the Indonesia-Netherlands Young Water Talent Award from Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen in Jakarta on 2
The Holland Water Challenge is a competition that inspires international young water talent to take an active role in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life delta and water problems. Countries where the competition has been held so far include China, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam and the Netherlands.
Flood defence for a fishing community
The winning concept first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is specifically aimed at the fishing communities in Jakarta. As the city is developing plans for extensive flood defence structures in Jakarta Bay, these communities need to find a new place to live.
The Integrated Floating Village offers not only floating housing for the fishing communities but also additional sources of income as the village will host a large fish market, restaurants and various aquatic tourist attractions.
In recognition of the important national role of fisheries in Indonesia, the village will have a fisheries museum and an artificial coral reef to raise environmental awareness with visitors.
Next generation water experts
On behalf of the judging committee, Dr. Ir. M. Basoeki Hadimoeljono, Director General of Spatial Planning of the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works, praised the excellent work done by all teams. In his jury report he emphasized the importance of listening to the voice of the next generation and encouraged the students to continue helping Indonesia create a bright water future.
Competition of four teams
Launched in November 2013, student teams from four universities - Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Hasanuddin – have worked on new ideas for the sustainable development of Jakarta Bay.
Under the theme Ports and Coasts Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, the teams were challenged to address different dimensions of sustainable development.
The teams were supported by experts from Van Oord, Deltares, BAM International and Royal HaskoningDHV.
The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by organisations from both the private and public sectors: Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV, Vopak, Rabobank, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, Netherlands Water Partnership, INA, Unesco-IHE, CKNet, Netherlands Embassy and Nuffic NESO.
This news item was originally published on the website of Holland Water Challenge.
All participants and their Dutch mentors.
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