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MSDI’s Urban Water Cluster Hosts Indonesian Delegates

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In August, MSDI’s Urban Water Cluster (UWC) hosted a group of government delegates and water resource management authorities from Indonesia on a two-day visit designed to raise awareness of Victoria’s integrated water management and help build capability in transforming Bogor into a Water Sensitive City using so-called ‘leapfrogging’ strategies.

Bogor, is situated in West Java in Indonesia and is the starting point for the UWC’s commitment to developing leapfrogging strategies for Bogor, and then other Indonesian cities, to become Water Sensitive Cities.

Leapfrogging is a phenomenon whereby new industrialised countries – whose socio-technical systems are not yet fully established – can adopt more advanced approaches to addressing pressing sustainability issues, such as moving straight to a Water Sensitive City model of urban development.

Visiting delegates included senior government officials, including Indonesia’s Head of Housing and Settlement, the Head of Irrigation and Water Resources and senior executives from PDAM of Bogor Regency – a local water company in West Java.

The visit began on August 30 where the Indonesian delegates joined the UWC research team and stakeholders from South East Water on a tour of the Fisherman Bend re-development project, which implemented recent advancements in water sensitive management.

The tour of Australia’s largest urban renewal project, covering about 485 hectares in central Melbourne gave delegates a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of implementing water sensitive approaches in high-density projects.

Later that day, Monash Water Sensitive Cities hosted a workshop at MSDI’s climateWorks Australia on Integrated Urban Water Management.

Delegates heard from a range of leading water experts, including Abbey Farmer from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Lauren Mittiga and Birgit Jordan from Melbourne Water, Andrew Chapman and Pam Kerry from Southeast Water and Rob Skinner from Monash Water Sensitive Cities, and learnt about various approaches to making cities more sensitive using best practice WSC methods.

On August 31, the delegation visited Monash for a Governance & Strategy workshop where the Urban Water Cluster team presented key research insights around governance and water policy, water sensitive technologies and their impact on water supply, sanitation and flood mitigation and scenarios for integrating green infrastructure into existing infrastructure.

Workshop participants also discussed Indonesia’s fragmented water management approaches and highlighted the need for more integrated water management in the country.

The key findings from the workshop will be used to inform the leapfrogging strategy for Bogor and for developing regional implementation.

The Monash Sustainable Development Institute hosts the Urban Water Cluster which is funded by the Australia-Indonesia Centre.