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From May 18 – 24, 2024, the 10th World Water Forum, the largest international meeting in the water sector, was finally conducted at BNDCC, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. This quadrennial event was held under the theme “Shared For Prosperity,” with several subthemes:

  1. Water for Humans and Nature: KLHK
  2. Water Security and Prosperity: BNPB
  3. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: BMKG
  4. Cooperation and Hydro Diplomacy: Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs
  5. Water and Innovative Finance: Ministry of PUPR
  6. Knowledge and Technologies: BRIN

To address the global water issue, the forum was attended by 5 Heads of State (President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, President Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere of Fiji, President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch of Morocco, and Prime Minister Qohir Rasulzoda of Tajikistan), 27 international organisations, 200 parliament members from 49 countries, and a total of approximately 64,000 visitors and participants from 160 countries.

After a week of countless discussions on the matters, the 10th World Water Forum concluded with three emphasised decisions, referred to as the Ministerial Declaration:

  1. The establishment of a centre of excellence for resilience and climate in Asia-Pacific countries.
  2. The promotion of integrated water resource management on small islands.
  3. The establishment of World Lake Day, driven by the role of lakes as vital water sources that support human life and serve significant social and economic functions for communities.

To distinguish it, there are 3 differences between this forum and the previous ones:

  1. The 10th World Water Forum was a high-level conference.
  2. The issuance of the Ministerial Declaration.
  3. The introduction of a compendium of actions encompassing 113 water and sanitation projects worth US$ 9.4 billion, with support from 33 countries and 53 international organisations as supporters, donors, and beneficiaries.

The three outcomes of this Ministerial Declaration demonstrate awareness and concrete actions at the international level in addressing the global water crisis. The significant funding provided is expected to help realise sanitation projects. Moreover, the recognition of World Lake Day signifies awareness of the need for actions to protect lake ecosystems.

However, there are still some counterpoints that must be considered by all involved stakeholders. It is crucial to pay attention to and monitor the effectiveness of fund usage and whether it will truly reach those who need it most. Secondly, the implementation of plans in the field will certainly vary. Can this project be implemented with good and ideal bureaucracy so that all communities in the Asia-Pacific and beyond can benefit from it? Then, after the plans are running smoothly, what are the next steps?

To ensure the project continues to run according to plan, even after the challenges faced are resolved, there must be strict oversight of the mechanisms. Providing training to recipient countries, building stronger cooperation between countries and organisations, and obtaining feedback to assess the effectiveness of the ongoing initiatives are essential.

Aside from the relevant parties, the community itself must also have a strong awareness of the issues discussed, especially the people of Bali who have been experiencing a water crisis for a long time. Wise use and management of water must be implemented, along with well-planned water conservation efforts.

This is particularly important for the tourism industry, which has been the backbone of Bali’s economy for years. Accommodation, restaurant, and entertainment business owners are encouraged to be aware and contribute to addressing the ongoing water crisis.

In this regard, Eco Tourism Bali aligns with these goals. Eco Tourism Bali has a water conservation guide in the Detailed Guidelines for FnB, Component A – Water Conservation, which has been prepared by sustainability experts. It details how businesses can conserve water, aligning with the goals of the World Water Forum, the Sustainable Development Goals, and towards a healthier Bali and Earth.

 

Writer: Diva Kowara.

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