MESSAGE FROM MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS & HOUSING, REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to extend sincerest invitation to the upcoming events of the 3rd World Irrigation Forum and the 70th Meeting of International Executive Council, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia on the 1st to 7th September, 2019.

Nowadays, the world includes Indonesia, facing the challenges in water, food, and energy sector, such as vast escalation of population, environment degradation, and also numerous kinds of global issues which are simultaneously affecting our water resources development and management. All challenges have triggered off the demand for implementation agendas toward sustainable water resources development and management, which includes water resources conservation, utilization, and prevention to water related disasters as well.

Furthermore, all of those challenges affect irrigation, which part of water resources system, as well. Currently Indonesia has a total irrigation area of 7,1 million hectares, which consist of surface and lowland irrigation system. This number is relatively small compared to the population in Indonesia of about 250 million people. This figure indicates that sustainability of irrigation become one important agenda to cope with.

Government of Indonesia period 2014-2019 has established the vision and mission called Agenda Nawacita, one of the agenda is to achieve economic independence by develop the strategic sectors of the domestic economy. Food security as a strategic sector will be accomplished by increased food production through 1 million hectares irrigation area new development, 3 million hectares irrigation area rehabilitation of existing irrigation system, improvement of operation and maintenance, and increase the role of farmers participatory. In line with that policy, Indonesia begins to modernize the irrigation system as well. The modernization objective is to improve irrigation water efficiency and level of service.

Through the upcoming events of the 3rd World Irrigation Forum and 70th IEC Meeting of ICID, I hope it could be a good forum for sharing knowledges and experience in irrigation system development and management particularly and water resources management generally. We believe that the event could bring advantages for all participants. We hope that various attractive topics will highlight important issues and create a forum for open discussion, formulation innovative perspective and new ways of perceiving the future technology toward sustainable development and management of irrigation and drainage system.

We are looking forward to seeing you and assure you that the conference will be fruitful and enjoyable. Welcome to Bali in September, 2019.

Dr. Ir. M. Basuki Hadimuljono, M.Sc

Minister of Public Works and Housing
Republic of Indonesia