Water Stewardship on the move in Indonesia
The Alliance for Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific with support from The Australian Water Partnership has successfully brought the concept of water stewardship to Indonesia with the first forum and accredited training in Bogor earlier this month. The forum was attended by more than 40 participants of which 22 participants continued into the training program. The participants came from multiple sectors: Indonesian national level government, multinational companies, NGOs, consultancies, certification bodies, and more.
Attendees heard from 7 speakers at the forum ‘Is Water Your Business?’ including Mr Noer Adi Wardojo, the Head of the Center for Standardisation from Ministry of Environment and Forestry. He gave a presentation on the high economic prospects of Indonesia, but also the challenges on water that come with this development. He stated that:
"Water is very important for ecosystem services and functions, and water as part of the nexus. The challenges in Indonesia are cross-sector, cross-boundary, cross-actor and therefore about working together. It is the role of the Government as well to make companies stronger, and more sustainable. The water stewardship standard will progress how we do water governance in Indonesia, as it would improve competitiveness, access to international markets, not just a minimum compliance regulatory approach. [The] AWS Standard can be a way for companies to look beyond compliance, not just for government but also for their own business."
He ended his speech welcoming the Alliance for Water Stewardship to Indonesia and he looked forward to continue to work in a constructive manner to integrate water stewardship in company and government activities in Indonesia.
Read the full report by Basja Jantowski, Indonesia Country Representative here.