Public Discussion “A Long Way to Implement Water Quality Recovery in Indonesia” #1

Jakarta | ICEL together with IDLO held a public discussion “A Long Way to Implement Water Quality Recovery in Indonesia” at the Morrisey Hotel. In the discussion present as guest speakers Head of the Hydrology and Water Quality Section of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing Dr. Eng. Idham Riyando, S.T., M.Eng, Environmental Director of Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Ir. Medrilzam, M. Prof. Econ, Ph.D., Director of Water Pollution Control of the Ministry of Environment Luckmi Purwandari, S.T., M.Sc., and a number of CSOs/other Communities. Thursday (24/10/2019).


Poor water quality to this point is still a scourge for Indonesia. Based on National Geographic Indonesia’s data from a report released by the Directorate General of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in 2015 nearly 68 percent or the majority of river water quality was in a heavily polluted status in 33 provinces. Factory waste, domestic waste, mining industry waste, agricultural waste, and pond waste play a major role in river water pollution in Indonesia. The contents of Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Fecal Coli, total Coliform, and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are found in rivers that are polluted by sewage and are harmful to the health of the people around the river flow. The main causes of these wastes are polluting water due to poor management of water, such as the development of urban areas that are not based on spatial policies and lack of infrastructure for waste management.


The Government through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF) in 2015-2019 has launched a water security improvement program that is based on concerns over the declining water quality in various rivers, the lack of water availability to support food and energy security, and the high frequency of floods and landslide. Through the water resilience program, MOEF established 15 watersheds that are priorities in improving water security, namely: Citarum watershed, Siak watershed, Ciliwung watershed, Asahan Toba watershed, Serayu watershed, Jeneberang watershed, Solo watershed, Saddang watershed, Brantas watershed, Moyo watershed, Cisadane watershed, Way Sekampung watershed, Kapuas watershed, Limboto watershed and Musi watershed.

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Workshop on Preparation of Public Information Disclosure Book in the Environment and Natural Resources Sector

Jakarta – ICEL held a Workshop on Preparation of Public Information Disclosure Books in the Environmental and Natural Resources Sector. Several civil society organisations that focus on environmental and natural resource issues attended the Workshop, including GERAK Aceh, FITRA Riau, JARI West Kalimantan, Sikola Mombine Central Sulawesi, LBH Padang, KIPRA Papua, West Papua PERDU, Mnukwar West Papua, JANGKAR West Papua, PBHKP West Papua, JATAM East Kalimantan, PLH North Kalimantan, Lalingka North Kalimantan, BUMI East Kalimantan, JAL East Kalimantan and Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI). At Aston TB Simatupang Hotel, South Jakarta, Tuesday (23/09/2019).


This book will consist of an advocacy journey of information disclosure in the environment and natural resources sector with all its achievements and challenges. Variety of advocacy both in the form of assistance of the Information Commission and Public Agency, as well as community assistance and requests for information from organisations that have been present since 2010 will be summarised in the book.


Hopefully, this book will be able to increase the literacy of information disclosure that is still very minimal.


“Currently there is still very little literature related to the disclosure of public information circulating in the community. This book is expected to be an additional learning material for both the community and civil society organisations that are willing to advocate for public information disclosure in the form of government or community assistance,” explained Astrid Debora Meliala Deputy Director of ICEL who is also actively overseeing the issue of information disclosure.


Happy Right to Know Day 28th of September 2019!

Untrashing the Planet by Paul Connett

Paul Connett is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He is an expert in the topics of Zero Waste and Water Fluoridation. Connett published two books, The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet, One Community at a Time with a foreword by actor Jeremy Irons and The Case Against Fluoride.

Several days ago, on the 11th of July, Connett gave a public talk titled “Untrashing the Planet” at CoHive D.Lab, Menteng, Central Jakarta. The public talk was a part of his visitation in Indonesia, after the NGO Gathering (10th of July) and before his going to Bandung to visit some subdistricts that have implemented zero waste lifestyle & policy under the guidance of Yayasan Pengembangan Biosains dan Bioteknologi (YPBB) (11th of July).

Connett divided his public talk into two sessions. The first session was about zero waste strategy and the second one was about arguments against incineration and related technologies. Before getting into the first session, he also provided us with an explanation of the difference between 20th century and 21st century. In the 20th century, people were more focused on waste management, with the question “How do we get rid of our waste efficiently with minimum damage to our health and the environment?” While in the 21st century, we should be focusing on resource management, “How do we handle our discarded resources in ways which do not deprive future generations of some, if not all, of their value?” He believed that the waste problem will not be solved with magic machines, but with better organisation, better education and better industrial design.

The zero waste strategy, according to him, is about ten steps to zero waste, namely: 1) source separation; 2) door-to-door collection; 3) composting; 4) recycling; 5) reuse, repair, and research centres (community centres); 6) economic incentives; 7) more waste reduction initiatives; 8a) the residual separation facility; 8b) the zero waste research centre; 9) better industrial design; and 10) a transitionary landfill for biologically stabilised dirty organic fraction.

In the topic of arguments against incineration and related technologies, Connett explained that incineration: 1) is the most expensive way of handling waste; 2) doesn’t get rid of landfills because they produce a toxic ash which has to be landfilled; 3) is a waste of energy; 4) is inflexible and long-term contracts trap communities into uneconomic situations; and 5) is a huge wasted opportunity to fight climate change; 6) puts many highly toxic and persistent substances into the air.

Connett closed the presentation with three excellent and inspiring final messages: 1) to citizens: don’t let the experts take your common sense away; 2) to politicians: put your faith back in people; and 3) to activists: have fun!

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Discussing Water Quality Management and Water Pollution Control Strategy

Friday (19/1), Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) in conjunction with Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI) concluded their “Making Environmental Regulation Work for People” (MERWP) project by conducting the final seminar under the title of “Discussing Water Quality Management and Water Pollution Control Strategy”. In implementation, MERWP project is supported by International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Six speakers were present to discuss the abovementioned topic comprehensively. Sri Parwati Murwanti Budisusanti, Director of Water Pollution Control from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Republic of Indonesia (MoEF), presented Indonesian Water Quality Outlook mainly the prominent goal on improving water quality and reducing water pollutant load of 15 Priority Watersheds. She further deplored the strategy to meet the goal: 1) water pollution control for non-point sources is done through increasing the availability and usage of waste water management system as well as reducing pollutant load, and 2) for point sources the undertaken measures are improving compliance of industry, preparing water quality standards, and supervision.

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LGI Midterm Workshop

To implement the Action Plan (RTL) which has been agreed on 24-25 October 2013, LGI researcher, SETAPAK Partners; ICEL and SEKNAS FITRA held a “LGI Midterm Workshop” on Friday-Saturday (17-18) January 2014. The meeting aimed to determine the assessment development (test of access and fill in the paperworks along with  verification tools), conducted by LGI researchers  and SETAPAK Partners at the District Level, as well as the identification of obstacles encountered in the field, solutions, best practices, and follow-up plan.

National Conference on Forest Governance and Land

ICEL, FITRA and ICW launch the results of a study related to weak governance of forest and land in the district, forest-related corruption and land, as well as budgetary policy, through the National Conference on Land and Forest Governance 2013. The event was held at Aryaduta on December 17-20 and is divided into several categories and included participants from various groups such as the Ministry/State Agencies, NGOs, local government, etc. The national conference is part of a series of national dissemination agenda that will be followed up to the regions to be used by more parties. As well as a marker that the strategic role of civil society to support the acceleration of forest and land governance.

Information Access Training for Forest Governance in NTB

December 12-13, 2013, ICEL with FWI organized “Training in Promoting Access to Information for Optimization of Forest Governance in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).” This training aimed to optimize the implementation of information disclosure in the forestry sector in NTB.
Participants of this training involved 25 representatives of the public, practitioners, and civil society organizations engaged in the forestry sector. After the training, the participants did information request  to government agencies within the scope of  NTB Government. In addition, to maintain the continuity of information disclosure advocacy in the forestry sector in NTB, participants formed Transparency Forum which committed to escort and disseminate public information disclosure to others.

Information Dispute Training

With the aim of increasing the capacity of civil society in accessing environmental information and maintaining their rights, ICEL held an Information Dispute Training for several national and local CSOs engaged in the environmental field. The CSOs present included: Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), WALHI Sumatra, Pilar Nusantara (Pinus) South Sumatra, JARI Borneo West, Sampan, Wahana Bumi Hijau (WBH) South Sumatra and East Kalimantan JATAM.
The training was held in December 4-6, 2013, at the Amaris Hotel Juanda and facilitated directly by ICEL KIP Team. Wiwiek Awiati, a senior researcher of ICEL, participated and provided training materials regarding mediation.
Abu Mas’ud, a participant representing Western Borneo JARI highlighted his increased knowledge and understanding through attendance: “This training provides a common understanding, that the disputed information is not something that so scary,”


Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Preparation of Training Module

Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Preparation of Training Module for Public Information Services and Case Management Training Modules Diversity in the Court were held on 27 November 2013.
The purpose of the training was to increase capacity of the court in giving public information services relating to the case of biodiversity and handling biodiversity cases. The training was given to the Kampar District Court, Bangkinang, Blangkejeren and Tapaktuan.
Alongside ICEL, other parties involved in the FGD included USAID – Changes for Justice (C4J), Research and Development and Education and Training Law and Justice of the Supreme Court.

A Quick Trip to London

Delegates from ICEL, alongside more than 1000 participants representing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Government from 60 countries gathered in London for the Open Government Partnership Summit (Oct 30th-Nov 1st). This year’s annual summit aimed to address the challenges to opennes with sessions focusing on five working groups: natural resources, fiscal transparency, open data, engaging citizens, and parliamentary, as well as discussion on issues such as reflection on OGP, cooperation of civil society and government, Independant Reporting Mechanism, etc. ICEL’s key focus during the Summit was environmental information, therefore all sessions in the natural resources working group , including Land Transparency, Extractive Industries, Infrastructure, as well as Proactive Transparency were attended by the ICEL delegation.