As the Liaison Officer for Urban Water Research Cluster (UWRC), I attended the recent Indonesia Australia Business Week, paying particular attention to the related Conference on Resilient Cities.
The conference had several panellists from government and those in the broader public sector who have been working with the government, such as from local (city level) government with an interest in transforming their cities into resilient cities. Dr. Bima Arya Sugiarto, who is the current Mayor of Bogor and a member of our own Urban Water Research Advisory Board, was invited to be one of the panel speakers to share his story in attempting to make Bogor the most liveable city in Indonesia as well as to make it a city resilient to the many challenges it faces.
Among all the topics discussed by panellists, issues relating to water provided the main highlights, including presentations on the long-term impact of the 2004 Tsunami on Aceh, the challenge of water management in Adelaide, the complex issue of water supply in Jabodetabek area.
Attending such seminars is but one part of my liaison role, which includes engaging and supporting the research teams across the University of Indonesia and Bogor Agricultural University to develop opportunities for translating research into practice. I also support planning the implementation of technical and/or social solutions that can make an impact on the ground at a number of sites across Indonesia.
Dwi Yuliantoro is the Cluster Liaison Officer for The Australia-Indonesia Centre Urban Water Cluster. He is based at Institut Pertanian Bogor.