Indonesia Healthy Rivers Challenge 2020: The Final Phase

What the Challenge is about

Indonesia Healthy Rivers Challenge 2020 is our capacity-building program that challenges and inspires Indonesia's Young River Leaders to contribute their own original ideas and solutions towards the sustainable development of river basins.

In this first edition, the Challenge took place in the Welang River, East Java, where it suffered from a number of water-related problems, many of these problems were caused by man-made disturbances in the river catchment area.

Phase III of Indonesia Healthy Rivers Challenge 2020: The Final Battle

After five months of fun and educative learning, Indonesia Healthy Rivers Challenge 2020 eventually came to its final phase. Following Phase I in November 2020 with a field visit and Phase II from November 2020 to March 2021 with online mentoring session activities, all the five teams were about to present their grand designs about their solutions for the Welang River.

Phase III of the Challenge was held on 15-18 March 2021 in Pasuruan, East Java with the main agenda of final presentation from the incredible teams and then, winner announcement.

 

Day 1

To begin the first day of Phase III, an opening speech was delivered by our representative, Mr. Rangga Rishar. Thereafter, all the five teams straight away went for group discussion with their mentors to finalize their designs and came up with banners in Bahasa and English to promote their ideas as the solution for the Welang River. They also used this time to put their magical finishing touch on their presentation and do the rehearsal to deliver their ideas perfectly in front of the mentors and experts.

 

Day 2

After a long journey of identifying problems, brewing ideas and multiple mentoring sessions, finally, our Young River Leaders were ready to present their grand designs. This final presentation was attended by experts and guests, both present in Pasuran and joined online from the Netherlands. Each team was given 20 minutes to pitch their ideas that followed by a Q&A session where the experts took turns to ask questions and gave constructive inputs. With that being said, what did each team come to offer?

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Indonesia Healthy Rivers Challenge 2020: It's time for the Welang River

Bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands

The Government of the Netherlands (GON) through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Government of Indonesia (GOI) through its Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) have long-lasting cooperation on the water which is secured in a Memorandum of Understanding on Water (MoU-Water) for 2015-2020.

In March 2020, both governments have agreed to extend the current MoU, with the aim to sign a new MoU by the end of 2020. At this stage four main themes have been defined as the conceptual framework for the bilateral cooperation, namely 1) Resilient cities, 2) Integrated Water Resource Management (including River Basin Management) 3) Water governance and 4) Smart water.

Under the proposed new MoU, the Government of East-Java and the Netherlands have agreed to develop a Flood Management and Master Plan for the Welang River. This project supports the Indonesian national priority program, which is enlisted in Presidential Decrees No. 56/2018 and No. 80/2019.

Supporting this project, the Government of East-Java and the Netherlands have commissioned The Water Agency to organise the Healthy Rivers Challenge to engage students and young professionals with the bilateral collaboration and educate them about the importance of sustainable river management and to generate innovative ideas and solutions for the Welang River that can provide inspiration and input for the Master Plan.

 

Indonesia Water Challenge 2019 - 3rd Edition

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.

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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.

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Singapore - 1st Edition
Singapore
Singapore - 1st Edition
The first edition of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge challenged young talent to apply the main principles of Building with Nature in four different contexts.
Australia - 1st Edition
Australia
Australia - 1st Edition
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China - 1st Edition
China
China - 1st Edition
The first Holland Water Challenge took place during the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. Marking the official opening of the Holland Water Week at the Netherlands Pavilion.
China - 2nd Edition
China
China - 2nd Edition
The second China-Netherlands Water Challenge in 2011-2012 invited students to submit innovative proposals in response to four cases as presented by the lead partners: Evides, Norit, TU Delft and the Province of South-Holland.
Singapore - 2nd Edition
Singapore
Singapore - 2nd Edition
The second edition of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge focused on climate change adapation - an area which features high on the agenda of both Singapore and the Netherlands and one of key research topics of NUSDeltares - a research centre set-up between the National University of Singapore and Deltares from the Netherlands.
Australia - 2nd Edition
Australia
Australia - 2nd Edition
Focus of the second Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge was on two specific dimensions of the information chain: (1) the potential of social media as a source of data (crowd-sourcing), and; (2) the potential of apps that enable people to make better informed water-related decisions.
Indonesia - 1st Edition
Indonesia
Indonesia - 1st Edition
The development of coasts and ports is of national importance to both Indonesia and the Netherlands. The first edition of the Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge invited students to explore innovative solutions for Jakarta Bay, balancing the interests of People, Planet and Profit.
Singapore - 3rd Edition
Singapore
Singapore - 3rd Edition
Taking on the urban water challenges of the 21st century needs vision and leadership, something Singapore and the Netherlands have learnt over many years. The 3rd Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge challenged students to develop and express their personal vision and leadership on urban water management in the 21st century.
Australia - 3rd Edition
Australia
Australia - 3rd Edition
The third edition of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge focused on a key area in which Australia and the Netherlands want to work together which is to strengthen the resilience of their countries in the face of climate extremes. The program considered innovative ideas for resilience in the built, natural, social and economic environment.
Myanmar - 1st Edition
Myanmar
Myanmar - 1st Edition
Under the theme SMART DELTA, the first edition of the Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge is engaging students in Myanmar with the challenges of sustainable delta development. Students are encouraged to develop ideas and solutions for the Ayeyarwady Delta, supported by professional experts from the Dutch partners.
Indonesia - 2nd Edition
Indonesia
Indonesia - 2nd Edition
Under the theme BLUE-GREEN CITIES, the 2016 program engages students and young professionals with the challenges of sustainable city development in Indonesia.
Myanmar - 2nd Edition
Myanmar
Myanmar - 2nd Edition
Building on the first SMART DELTA edition of the Myanmar water challenge, the program in 2018 features two thematic tracks addressing key challenges for Yangon city: SMART PORT and HTEE CITY.
Myanmar - 2nd Edition
Myanmar
Myanmar - 2nd Edition
Building on the first SMART DELTA edition of the Myanmar water challenge, the program in 2018 features two thematic tracks addressing key challenges for Yangon city: SMART PORT and HTEE CITY.
Indonesia - 3rd Edition
Indonesia
Indonesia - 3rd Edition
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