Multi-stakeholder Discussion on The Revoked of Water Resources Act and Its Implication for Brantas River Basin Management

The multi-stakeholder discussion was held at Friday, March 13th 2015 in Surya Sembada Public Water Company (PDAM) Hall. The participants consist of different background and interest, such as Surabaya Legal Aid Institution (LBH Surabaya), East Java Environmental Protection Agency (DLH Jatim), universities (Airlangga, Ciputra), Jasa Tirta Public Corporation (PJT) and civil society organizations or CSOs (Zero Waste, Walhi, KLH). Keynote speakers for the discussion were representative from government institution, CSO, and public institution. They were: Muhammad Reza Sahib (national coordinator of KRUHA), Emanuel Sudjatmiko (Law lecturer), Raymond Valiant (PJT), Ashari Mardiono (director of PDAM Surya Sembada), and Said Utomo (director of Indonesia Consumer Institution)

The discussion aimed for: (1) common understanding of existing condition after the Supreme Court (MA) revoked the water resources act; (2) impact of the revoked on role and function for water resources related government institutions; (3) introducing IndoWater CoP to multi-stakeholder which related to water resources management in Brantas river basin.

There are 2 important views shared by the keynote speakers which were: (1) water is a social yet economic good (particularly in an area where raw material comes from polluted water resources) which needs to be managed carefully for the need of every stakeholders; (2) there was an urgent need to formulated delegated regulation and existing act no 11/1074 on irrigation was outdated and limited community participation in water resources management; (3) the water resources act has accommodated IWRM principles but the implementation was out of the line

Government institutions, CSOs, private companies (including water tenure), and community were agreed that the water bill should accommodate: (1) multi-stakeholder needs by giving priority for people interest and prosperity; (2) diversity of water reserve in Indonesia and good will between water provider and consumer; (3) community participation in IWRM; and (4) regulate contribution and tax on water resources management. Community participation is a crucial key for the IWRM implementation success due to the fact that the water quantity and quality keeps on declining which leads into water conflict among stakeholders and government institution have limited resources to monitor water resources. Transparency among stakeholders related water resources management (including water resources condition and management cost) is needed to build trust and understanding.