Indonesia: UN symposium on Jakarta’s water environments

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability has organised the first international Water and Urban Initiative (WUI) Symposium on Sustainable Urban Water Environment in Jakarta. The symposium discussed innovative and feasible approaches for improving water environments and assessing the value of improved urban water environments. The keynote speech by Tjandra Setiadi, Professor at the Bandung Institute of Technology, focused on trends in water pollution in Indonesia and stressed that decreasing water availability and declining water quality provide opportunities for waterrelated industries. As an example, Noor Rachmaniah from the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry, introduced the co-benefit projects dealing with wastewater management in the fishing industry.