Following Up the National Workshop on Groundwater Recharge through Infiltration Ponds
USAID IUWASH PLUS and Bappenas held a workshop to follow up the National Workshop on Groundwater Recharge through Infiltration Ponds in Jakarta on May 22, 2018. As a follow up of the national workshop, this workshop aimed to identify the coordinating institution, policies, and the follow-up programs related to the national program on groundwater recharge. The workshop was attended by around 30 participants from Bappenas, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR), USAID, and USAID APIK.
During the workshop, the participants discussed each institution’s roles on infiltration ponds program and groundwater conservation. Tri Dewi Virgiyanti, the Director of Urban, Housing, and Settlement of Bappenas mentioned that infiltration ponds program could be integrated into the existing programs, such as GN-KPA (National Movement of Water Rescue Partnership). Yuliarto, the Director of Watershed Control Planning and Evaluation of the Environment and Forestry Ministry stated that in relations to its duties and functions, KLHK could become the National Coordinator for groundwater recharge program through infiltration ponds. KLHK is also allocating 10% of the special allocation funds (DAK) for infiltration ponds development.
Dissemination of the results and activities of infiltration ponds program will be held in collaboration between USAID IUWASH PLUS, Bappenas, KLHK, and PUPR to relevant ministries, which are part of the GN-KPA team. The dissemination activities will be conducted after Eid-Fitr 2018. “Infiltration ponds have successfully increased springs debit that can be used for raw water and it should be disseminated at the national/ministries level to become the national program and policies,” Tri Dewi Virgiyanti said.
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