Water insecurity in Indonesia imposes high costs on people, the economy, and the environment. These costs are concentrated in the country’s large and expanding urban regions, which face interlocking challenges in water resources, water and sanitation service provision, flood risk management, and the protection of the water environment. Currently, water management in Indonesia is fragmented across administrative boundaries and between the different elements of the water sector. The interrelationships between water and spatial planning, disaster risk reduction, and solid waste management are rarely taken into account, and opportunities to address problems efficiently and effectively may be missed as a result.
Integrated urban water management (IUWM) is well established as an approach to urban water policy, planning, and management. It has been successfully adopted in cities around the world, but is not yet well known among local governments in Indonesia. A report, A National Framework for Integrated Urban Water Management in Indonesia, focuses on the potential for IUWM to address the severe and interrelated water security challenges faced by Indonesian cities.
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