Water for Sustainable Development (WSD) is a research project that forms a key part of United Nations Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)’s efforts toward building sustainable societies. Through case studies in selected sites in Asia, WSD develops a comprehensive framework to evaluate the roles, impacts and implications that water resources has on the economy, society, and environment (hereafter the ‘Framework’). When developed, the Framework can be a tool for policy planning so that regional development can enhance both the economic benefits and environmental sustainability, and lead to the attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the Goal Six (wat & san).

In collaboration with CReSOS and PPLH Udayana University, WSD held a “Water for Sustainable Development (WSD) Project Workshop in Bali” to share the latest case study results which began in August 2018 with local stakeholders. Participants who attended this activity were representatives of five sectors related to water, namely agriculture, industry, construction, tourism, and housing. These participants were also include the invitations from the central and local government, institutions (universities) in Bali, NGOs and local businesses.

The objective of this workshop is to share and discuss with stakeholders in Bali about the Framework and key findings from WSD’s Bali case study; offer a Stakeholder Analysis session to discuss opportunities and barriers to effective water resource management and sustainable development in order to obtain feedbacks from the participants on the research outcomes, based on which WSD will improve the Framework. The expected outcomes form this workshop is to increase the awareness on water, sustainable development and promote the SDG6, enhanced the participant capacity for policy planning, identify the barriers hindering effective water resource management and options for solutions, dialogues and information-sharing among government-, academic-, and private stakeholders promoted, and improvement in WSD’s research framework.

The workshop which took place in Ruang Marga, Hotel Werdhapura Village Center, Sanur, was opened by the Head of the Udayana University Research and Community Service Institute (LPPM), namely Prof. Dr. Ir. I Gede Rai Maya Temaja, MP., that followed by remarks from the Japanese Consulate General in Bali, Mr. Hirohisa Chiba.

This Workshop is conducted in two session, in the morning session there were presentations related water issue from the representatives of central governments, namely Dr. Budi Kurniawan, M.Eng, the Head of the Sub-Directorate of Inventory and Water Pollution Load Allocation, Directorate General of PPKL, Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Dr. Futu Faturay Researcher from APBN Policy Center, Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia. In addition, there was also a presentation from Mr. Danang Raditya Permadi, ST., MPSDA from PPK Planning and Programs, Bali-Penida River Basin, Directorate General of Water Resources, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), and Mr. Ida Bagus Lanang Suardana ST., MT. as Intermediate TPL Functional Officer, Bali Regional Settlement Infrastructure Office, Directorate General of Human Settlements, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) of Bali before it was continue by a group presentation by the WSD team lead by Prof. Dr. Kensuke Fukushi. Morning session was end by a closing remark from Prof. Akimasa Sumi a Professor Emeritus from University of Tokyo.

In the afternoon session there were presentation from Mr. Ir. Adi Nugroho, MM., The Head of Bali Central Statistics Agency (BPS)., keynote from Udayana University researcher Dr.Ir. I Made Sudarma, M.S., and keynote from UNU-IAS researcher Dr. Andi Besse Rimba. A Group Discussion was conduct in the afternoon session that separate participants into 5 small group based on each background, they are agriculture; tourism; policy-makers, practitioners, and professional; industry; and community & NGO. The workshop was concluded after representatives from each group presented the results of their discussion in front of the entire participants to tell the summary of their group discussion.