Minister Schultz to lead water mission to Indonesia

From 30 March to 4 April, Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and the Environment will be leading a trade mission to Indonesia. The delegation will visit Jakarta and Surabaya. The visit is a follow-up to the mission to Jakarta led by Prime Minister Rutte in November 2013 and its aim is to intensify the existing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of water management and port development.

Master Plan

In addition to numerous bilateral talks, in Jakarta a presentation will be given on the Dutch and Indonesian Master Plan for National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD). The Master Plan is intended to protect Jakarta from water and to make integrated coastal development possible. The delegation will also be visiting the vulnerable coastal protection site in Jakarta, the port of Surabaya, and the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency: the BMKG. Eighteen Dutch companies and organisations from the water and port sectors* are accompanying the minister. They hope to make a further contribution to the new hydraulic engineering and port development projects in Indonesia.

Challenges

Economically, for many years now Indonesia has recorded strong and stable growth. However, the country has numerous water problems. Increasing urbanisation is leading to pressure on the drinking water supply. Heavy rainfall combined with years of overdue maintenance on flood defences increases the possibility of flooding. In addition, the rate of land subsidence on Indonesia’s northern coastline is some 15 cm per year, due to groundwater extractions, and an increasingly larger section of the city is below sea level. Minister Schultz: “Great efforts are needed to protect the people of Jakarta from floods. The Netherlands, and Dutch companies and research institutions would like to lend assistance. Water offers us new opportunities for strengthening the ties between our two countries.”

*Arcadis, BAM, Boskalis, Deltares, Municipality of Rotterdam, Grontmij, IHC Merwede, KNMI, Kuiper Compagnons, Netherlands Water Partnership, Port of Rotterdam, Royal Haskoning DHV, Simavi, STC Group, Strukton, Van Oord, Witteveen and Bos.