Students from Indonesian universities teamed up during the Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge and developed new ideas for the future development of Jakarta Bay.

The teams received a warm welcome during the Dutch trade mission to Indonesia led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte (mid back on photo) in Jakarta on 20 and 21 November.

Water & ports seminar
The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge was officially launched during the Water & Ports Seminar where the teams were given strong encouragement by the more than 150 Indonesian and Dutch water sector representatives.

On behalf of the Dutch partners, Martin Smouter, Area Manager Asia of Van Oord, emphasized the importance of engaging young Indonesians with water challenges in their country and the value of exchanging knowledge between academic institutes and the private sector.

dws-hwc-indonesia-idea-jakarta-bay-350pxFoundation for new ideas
The 16 students who were selected after an initial call for papers in October, teamed up for two days with their mentor companies - BAM International, Royal HaskoningDHV, Van Oord and Deltares - to lay the foundation for their proposals.

Over the coming two months, the teams will further develop their ideas, taking advantage of expertise provided by the Dutch companies.

Under the theme Ports and Coasts Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, each of the teams will develop an innovative idea addressing a specific topic related to the development of Jakarta Bay:
● Working on water: team from ITS Surabaya, supported by Royal HaskoningDHV
● Building on water: team from UGM Yogyakarta, supported by BAM International
● Living on water: team from ITB Bandung, supported by Deltares
● Building with water: team from Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar, supported by Van Oord

Underlying these topics are immense technical, societal, economic and environmental challenges for Jakarta related to flood protection, water supply and sanitation.

The final plans will be presented during the upcoming visit to Indonesia by Dutch Minister for water, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, around March 2014.

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.

The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV, Vopak, Rabobank, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian Netherlands Association (INA), Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), CKNet, UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands Embassy and Nuffic NESO.

Events have so far been organised in China, Singapore, the Netherlands and Australia.

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

Read more on this website on the Dutch economic mission to Indonesia lead by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation Lilianne Ploumen:
Dutch and Indonesian institutes intensify collaboration on water, weather and climate forecasts, 25 November 2013
Paques signs MoU with Indonesian oil company Pertamina for cooperation on treatment of bleed water, 25 November 2013
New Garuda shaped master plan gives Jakarta new perspective on coastal city development, 22 November 2013
Tirasa and Royal HaskoningDHV initiate cooperation for building small scale hydropower plants in Indonesia, 22 November 2013
Van Oord contracted to construct five islands in port of Surabaya, Indonesia, 21 November 2013
Dutch water sector intensifies Jakarta collaboration, 20 November 2013

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