The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge

Coasts and Ports Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit

Posted on 2 May 2014


Indonesia and the Netherlands have established an intensive and longstanding relationship when it comes to water. Water professionals from both countries work closely together in many water projects throughout Indonesia to continuously develop new technologies and approaches to meet the ever growing challenges of providing clean water to people, irrigating agricultural land and protecting coastal areas against flooding.

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. In a unique way, the Holland Water Challenge unlocks knowledge and talent to the benefit of all its stakeholders: participating companies, aspiring young people as well as local universities and governments.


The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge aims to strengthen the cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands, focused on sharing of knowledge and experience as well as young water talent development (capacity building). The first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is specifically aimed at identifying innovative solutions for the sustainable development of Jakarta Bay.

Under the theme Ports and Coasts Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, the teams from ITS Surabaya, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Hasanuddin were challenged to address different dimensions of sustainable development: Working on Water, Building on Water, Living on Water and Building with Water.



A 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 April 2014.

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.

Project location

Project partners

  • BAM International B.V.
  • Deltares
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • WaterQ B.V.