Wetskills-Indonesia 2024

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Wetskills-Indonesia 2024

May 11 - May 24

About The Event

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Wetskills event in Semarang and Bali, Indonesia!!

Wetskills was organizing its second water challenge in Indonesia (after the first one in 2011). This edition of Wetskills brought the participants to the Indonesian Experience of Semarang and Pekalongan in Central Java and Bali Island with its culture and pressing water challenges. The finals presentations were aligned to World Water Forum in Bali on 22 and 23 May 2024.

Participatnts in this event are Indonesian and international students and Young Professionals, who are passionate about water and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions. In cases and field visits the teams worked on water challenges of Indonesia, like soil subsidence, non-revenue water, sanitation, flood protection, wetland conservation and dredging. Follow us in this event!


Picture: Banger Polder in Semarang


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Semarang in Central Java: Water & Culture

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Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!

  • You will develop expertise in international cooperation, problem-solving, cross-cultural understanding, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • You will hone your networking and presentation abilities through pitch and poster
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals.
  • You will immerse yourself in the vibrant coastal city of Semarang in Central Java and Bali, exploring water-related sites and engaging with local water professionals.
  • Join parts of the World Water Forum in Bali (incl. Wetskills Finals & Awarding Ceremony)
  • You will learn and deepen your understanding of the Indonesian water sector, gaining insights into key stakeholders, organizations, contemporary issues, and existing business opportunities.
  • Upon program completion, receive a certificate of participation, officially joining the ranks of over 1300 Wetskills Alumni.

More information
For additional information regarding participation, the programme and other details, please contact Isabel van Klink, isabel.van.klink@wetskills.com or Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Case 1: Shifting away from Private Groundwater to PDAM Surface Water based Supply

Case owner: VEI Dutch Water Operators & PDAM Tirta Moedal Semarang

PDAM provides piped water from surface water, but only 42% of the population uses PDAM-piped water, leaving the majority dependent on private groundwater sources. PDAM Semarang is committed to expanding and improving its water supply infrastructure to ensure comprehensive city coverage, aiming to transition residents from groundwater to more sustainable PDAM water options. This initiative is part of PDAM Tirta Moedal’s vision to deliver 4K aspects (Quality, Quantity, Continuity, and Affordability) in areas with established networks. What are the main challenges for PDAM? and how can they effectively and innovatively manage this transition for the community? with the aim of reducing private groundwater use and thereby decrease land subsidence.

Case 2: Opportunities for Water Footprint Compensation

Case owner: FoxallMunro

Global water resources are under pressure. Regulatory and restorative actions on the local or watershed level are needed to prevent further pressure. To respond to this need we intend to build upon the link between water consumption for production to water compensation activities. As a progression from the 2023 Cape Town pilot water compensation project to determine the feasibility of community capacity building in water management as a water footprint compensation activity, and the subsequent publishing of the water footprint compensation framework at the NY UN Water Summit, this case intends to be the next step in building up a portfolio of global water compensation projects for organisations to invest in, once they have calculated, addressed and reduced their footprints as much as possible.

Case 3: Practising Eco Theology in Pesantren through Water and Waste Management

Case owners: Percik & Universitas Sebelas Maret

Islam contributes significantly to environmental conservation through its teachings and principles. Despite this, many Islamic communities, especially in Indonesia, face challenges with waste generation and water usage. Each person wastes 0.68 kg of waste daily, and Muslims require 1.5 liters of water for prayer preparation. This case seeks to delve into these challenges, particularly in Islamic institutions like boarding schools, and understand leaders’ perspectives on water availability. The objective is to address current environmental issues and to find solutions while considering practical aspects of eco-theology.

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May 11
May 24
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l. Kaligawe Raya Km. 4
Semarang, Jawa Tengah 50112 Indonesia
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