Welcome to the Indonesia Water Challenge 2019!
With over 17,500 islands make up the nation, which is flanked by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia has a rich history of trade across seas. However, Indonesian ports have underperformed mainly due to poor infrastructure. Shortcomings in maritime logistics and operations continue to result in poor connectivity between the islands, undermining trade and competitiveness. Under President Joko Widodo administration with the “Sea Toll Road” or “Ocean Highway” initiative, a more coordinated network of ports designed to better handle international traffic and streamline more local trade system in 2014, Indonesia is undertaking a major overhaul of its current port network and beginning to adopt Eco-Smart Port concept.
On the 3rd (final) day the students and coaches are back at University of Yangon after two exciting days of Teamwork, Lectures and Field trips with Water Bus to Myanmar Industrial Port, Myanmar Port Authority and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). Now it's time for the students to design their own storyboards based on their four assignment of the previous days. It's very impressive to see the amount of information and visuals have been gathered. Especially the interactions with their stakeholders during the Field Trips was beneficial. No time to waste to set their priorities and craft a short and appealing story to present already present this afternoon during the Grand Final with 20+ special invited guests.
The University of Yangon proved to be good meeting place (Water Hub) to learn and share information about water topcis. The students had access to an eco-system of expertise of international water experts, reports and facilities as print-stations to bring their story alive with visuals. The outcomes for Htee City and Smart Port were very inspirational, different and unique in its kind. Please find different team photo with StoryBoard.
Yangon, 18 January 2018
Exactly two years after the first edition, the second edition of the Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge was launched in Yangon, Myanmar. Set against the magic scenery of the Inya Lake, many local and international organisations came together to celebrate the event. Banners of the challenge themes - Smart Port and Htee City - were presented to lecturers and students of Myanmar Maritime University and Yangon Technological University by Dutch Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Wouter Jurgens.
From 21-23 November 2016, the beautiful city of Semarang was host to the first Young City Leaders Academy to be held in Indonesia. Selected from more than one hundred applications, just 26 talented students were invited to join the three-day program, representing a rich mix of disciplines, such as urban planning, water resources management, highway engineering and architecture.
Under the theme Blue-Green Cities, the participants were challenged to develop their vision on the resilient and sustainable development of Semarang, focusing on the historic centre of Kota Lama and the Port area. A so-called Design Charrette approach was followed that encouraged participants to approach the cases from an integrated and multidisciplinary perspective and use drawing as their main form of expression.
The longstanding water collaboration between Singapore and the Netherlands was celebrated during the recent Singapore International Water Week with the publication of a special magazine highlighting the many achievements and successes of the bilateral partnership, including the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge.
The Singapore-The Netherlands Partnerships for Water Challenges magazine was presented on behalf of the Dutch water sector to Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State of the Singapore Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, and Peter Joo Hee Ng, Chief Executive of PUB.
The online version of the magazine can be viewe here.