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The Government of Indonesia, through the East Java Province, and the Government of the Netherlands continue their collaboration in addressing water challenges in the Welang Watershed, Indonesia. Having commenced in 2020, the Welang Watershed project is now entering a second phase. The project is financed by Partners for Water (PfW) and will be carried out by a Dutch-Indonesian consortium. Through a process of co-creation, the organisations aim to facilitate a multi-stakeholder approach, identify sustainable solutions and make a significant impact on water security.

Rapid urban and economic developments in the Welang Watershed has created a wide range of water challenges: erosion on slopes, sedimentation in rivers, urban flooding and water distribution issues are just a few of these challenges. During the first project phase, from November 2020 to March 2022, a Dutch-Indonesian consortium analysed the key challenges in the watershed and devised a 'Welang River Basin Management and Master Plan'.


Welang River

Welang River 

A multi-stakeholder approach

As many stakeholders are involved in both the problems and solutions, this second project phase will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach by following three guiding principles:

  1. Achieving practical co-creation results which are compatible with in the Indonesian water framework;
  2. creating replicable solutions without substantial external support;
  3. and fostering an environment where local resources are mobilised for joint solutions.

Three phases

The three phases of the project: inception, co-creation and design, and roadmap development will take place from September 2023 to July 2024. By engaging stakeholders, communities and trusted advisors, the consortium partners will develop customised solutions that have been approved  by local communities and stakeholders.


Inhabitants of the Welang Watershed area

Inhabitants of the Welang Watershed area

Dutch-Indonesian consortium

The project will be implemented by a Dutch-Indonesian consortium consisting of three organisations: Witteveen + Bos who will provide overall management and expertise in hydraulic modeling and expertise; Nuffic Neso who will ensure the institutional integration of the co-created solutions and the involvement of students, and AidEnvironment will organise community participation and agricultural solutions. This consortium represents a concerted effort to address Indonesia’s water challenges through collaborative and sustainable approaches.


Smallholder farms in the Welang Watershed area

Smallholder farms in the Welang Watershed area

Funded by Partners for Water

The project receives financial support from the PfW programme, within the framework of the long lasting cooperation between the governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands on water management (MoU Water). PfW is a programme from the Dutch Government that works on water security worldwide. This is accomplished through long-term cooperation between local partners and the Dutch water sector. The programme promotes knowledge sharing, innovations and an integrated approach. In this way, it creates a positive impact in the field of water safety and water security for people, plants and animals.

For more info, please contact:

Simon van Meijeren, Programme Advisor Partners for Water Indonesia: simon.vanmeijeren@rvo.nl

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