Sustainable water management in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta (Indonesia). On the 20th of August 2019, Sr. Maria Goretti Thuzar Aung and Sr. Elizabeth Phyu Phyu Aung (FMA CMY) participated at the International Seminar on the “Sustainable Water Management” in Sahid Jaya Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was a Seminar that gathered around 70 participants from the different Southeast Asian countries and some university students who are working in the field of environmental development in Indonesia.

The seminar began at 8:30 am and finished at 3:00 pm. The international seminar was honored by welcome speeches and the presence of Dr. Ir. Mochamad Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works, Indonesia, Prof. Chafid Fandeli, the Rector of Institut Teknologi Yogjakarta, Prof. Shane Snyder, Executive Director of – Nanyang Environment Water Research Institute (NEWRI) from Singapore.

After the welcome speeches from the Minister and professors, there was a short tea break. Afterwhich Dr. Ir. Danis Hidayat Sumadilaga, the Directorate General of Human Settlements Ministry of Public Works presented on the “Environmental Challenges & Governance” in Indonesia. After that Prof. Shane Snyder presented the “Emerging Environmental Challenges and Solutions in world’s Fastest Growing Region”.

The welcome speech was then followed by several presentations by Assistant Professor, Dr. Surapol Padungthon from Thailand on “the Community Battle Against Liver Fluke; Dr. Shameen Jinadasa from Sri Lanka on “Saving lakes – the Urban Socio-Cultural and Technological Perspective; Sr. Elizabeth Phyu Phyu Aung FMA on “Clean Water Access for Urban Slum in Myanmar”; Mr. Agus Suyanto from Institut Teknologi Yogyakarta on “Development of Clean Water Supply in Gunungkidul Regency”. An open forum was then conducted after all the presentations were done in order to entertain questions from the audience. It was then followed by lunch.

In the afternoon the Indonesia context showcased its environmental solutions featuring the “Environmental Monitoring”, “Utilization of spatial modeling in Water-related disaster Management”, “Wetlands for safe and eco-friendly Mine Voids solution” and “Water Management in Karst Region”. These were presented by the different speakers and followed by the question and answer portion.

The seminar successfully ended with a concluding speech of Prof. Chafid Fandeli and Prof. Shane Snyder.

Indeed, it was a great occasion to be together, with men and women of good will who dedicate themselves for the wellbeing of others and the care for the environment.

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