An Archipelago of Policies: Discussion on Water Resources and Integrated Catchment Management in Indonesia under decentralisation

An Archipelago of Policies: Discussion on Water Resources and Integrated Catchment Management in Indonesia under decentralisation

Fri, 21/06/2013 - 12:00


About the Presenter

Sarah Hobgen

Sarah Hobgen is a PhD candidate in RIEL, in the final year of her research in Sumba, eastern Indonesia. Sarah has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Monash University) and has worked in catchment management, Landcare and fire management in the southern states of Australia. She will appreciate opportunities to discuss policy analysis with experts in that field.

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Casuarina NT 0810
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East Nusa Tenggara province is one of the driest in Indonesia, with a long dry season, short wet season (3-5 months) and variable low mean annual rainfall.  Food security is an increasing challenge with a growing population and the potential impacts of climate change.  In this context, reliable agricultural water supplies are increasingly important.

Indonesia has a stated aim of implementing integrated catchment management. However understanding of catchment processes (including soil erosion and sedimentation) is poor and reliable data are scarce. Ineffective management actions follow.  

The aim of Sarah’s PhD project is to develop rudimentary mapping of sediment sources and a sediment budget, to support appropriate management responses. The relative contribution of topsoil and subsoil to sediments have been deduced from radionuclide tracer analysis. Mapping of sediment sources uses free software to promote local uptake.

We will summarise the policies and current practices. We invite you to a discussion about appropriate conceptual frameworks for analysing these policies, and possible pathways for feeding research findings into policy and practice, and moving towards adaptive management.

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