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PUPR Minister Conveys Climate Change Anticipation Policy in Hydraulic Engineering Expert Seminar at Untar

25 November 2023

Oleh: Admin Pusat

Untar hosted the 8th Hydraulics Engineering International Seminar (HEIS) at the Untar auditorium on Saturday (25/11). The event organized by Indonesian Association for Hydraulics Engineers (HATHI) was themed “Water Actions Toward Climate Resilience, Green Economy and Sustainable Development”.

The 8th HEIS was attended by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Dr. Ir. M. Basuki Hadimuljono, M.Sc. and invited international speakers President of International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research Prof. Phillippe Gourbesville, Dr. Ich Hwan Ko (Yooshin Engineering Corporation South Korea), and Senior Manager of Korea Water Resources Corporation Jongchan Kim, Ph.D.

When giving a speech, the Minister of PUPR conveyed the steps taken by his ministry in dealing with climate change. There are three steps taken, including adaptation with the addition of water dams on the islands, the construction of floating solar energy involving architects, and the development of green economy areas in North Kalimantan.

In addition, Basuki also highlighted Indonesia’s vast geographical potential. According to Basuki, Indonesia has not been able to compete in terms of development with other countries such as Vietnam and China, plus Indonesian people are quickly satisfied with existing development.

He hopes that this can continue to be pursued and continued by the next ministry in order to achieve progress.

Rector of Untar Prof. Dr. Ir. Agustinus Purna Irawan, M.T., M.M., I.P.U., A.E. who attended the seminar explained Untar’s role in supporting the sixth SDG. Untar supports the availability of access to clean water and sanitation with the implementation of undersea pipeline technology.

“Untar has implemented undersea pipeline technology in Limbo Strait, which is located between Taliabu Island and Limbo Island, North Maluku. Untar and partners have distributed clean water to fishermen settlements that still have difficulty accessing it,” he said.

Chairman of Tarumanagara Foundation Prof. Dr. Ariawan Gunadi, S.H., M.H., emphasized the urgency in facing climate change through the use of clean water. According to Ariawan, this can be supported by technological innovation, corporate social responsibility, and the involvement of young people.

“Now we must collaborate to achieve the sixth SDG, which is clean water and proper sanitation,” he said when opening the event.

Also attending the seminar were HATHI Chairman Ir. Bob Arthur Lombogia, M.Si. and Assistant for Development and Environment of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Secretary, Ir. Afan Adriansyah Idris, M.Si.

The seminar itself was attended by 47 presenters, who had gone through the assessment process, 13 young researchers in the field of water resources of the Ministry of PUPR, and exhibitors. (SC/YS/AW)