dws-hws-indonesia-logo-770pxUnder the theme Coasts & Ports Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, a group of organisations from the Dutch water sector announced the start of the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge.

The organisers seek young professionals, both in Indonesia and the Netherlands, who will form teams that will be challenged to come up with creative ideas on sustainable coast and port development.

Engagement of Indonesian talent
The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge aims to engage young Indonesian talent with the important challenges of sustainable coast and port development in their country.

They will be given the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and develop these together with professional experts from the Dutch partners.

dws-hwc-indonesia-logo2-250pxThe challenge is launched amidst a very dynamic phase of water infrastructure development in Indonesia. Indonesian and Dutch companies and organisations are actively involved in numerous strategic projects, such as the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development and Indonesia’s largest container port, Tanjung Priok.

Lead partners of the challenge are Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares and Royal HaskoningDHV. The partners will each take ownership of a specific topic, related to their area of expertise, and support the student teams to develop and present their ideas.

Next generation
"Making young local talent enthusiastic to deal with the issues related to water in Indonesia is of great importance to the future of the country as well as to the corporate sector. The Water Challenge gives multinational companies with strong local roots such as BAM an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experience with the next generation", says Laurens Schokking, Engineering Manager Asia Pacific of BAM International.

About Holland Water Challenge
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.

dws-hwc-australia-2012-winners-350pxWinning team of the first Australian-Netherlands Water Challenge in October 2012.

The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is organised in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian Netherlands Association (INA), Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), CKNet and UNESCO-IHE.

Events have so far been organised in China, Singapore, the Netherlands and Australia. At this moment the second challenge in Australia is open and Dutch-Australian teams with young water professionals will give their final presentation at the International River Symposium on 25 September in Brisbane.

This news item was originally published on the website of Holland Water Challenge.

More information
Holland Water Challenge
Gregor van Essen  gregor@hollandwaterchallenge.nl