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Indonesia and the Netherlands have a long tradition of cooperation in the field of water. Intensive exchange of knowledge and expertise has taken place for years and many Dutch organisations have set up offices in Indonesia.

Semarang, Indonesia
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Simone Sweerts
Project Manager

Collaboration and challenges

The Netherlands has made an important contribution to improving water management in Indonesia. Indonesia is rapidly developing into a middle income country. As a result, the relationship between both countries is turning towards a more business-oriented cooperative relationship. 

One pressing issue is soil subsidence in Jakarta and its surroundings that makes hundreds of thousands of people vulnerable to flooding. Several organisations are working hard to reduce the risk of floods. The pressure of urban expansion is exacerbating this situation. The Dutch water sector is already involved in finding solutions together with the local government and there are excellent opportunities for future activities. In addition, the governments of both countries are focusing on strategic cooperation on integrated water management in relation to the development of 'lowlands' and agriculture. Improving drinking water and sanitation has also been an ongoing area of concern, and various Dutch organisations, such as water companies, regional water authorities and knowledge institutions, have been involved in it for a long time.


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