Holland Water Challenge

Urban Water Rebels Launched at SIWW2014

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On 3 June 2014, Mr. Khoo Teng Chey, Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities and Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of the the city of Rotterdam, jointly released two giant floating fish during the Dutch water sector network reception at the Singapore International Water Week, marking the official start of the third edition of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge.

To the excitement of the more than one hundred guests, the fish appeared to be represent exactly the spirit that this year’s challenge with the theme Urban Water Rebels is looking to promote as they flew uncontrollably across the exhibition hall!

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Urban Water Rebels Launch 003 copyIn his speech, Mr. Khoo Teng Chye underlined the importance of international cooperation in addressing global water challenges and the fruitful relationship between the water sectors of Singapore and the Netherlands. As a strong supporter of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge since the very beginning, Mr. Khoo praised the initiative to actively involve young people.

Under the theme Urban Water Rebels, this third edition of the competition is challenging students and young professionals from around the world to express their personal, independent vision on urban water management in the 21st century. In doing so, they are free to choose what particular dimensions of urban water management they wish to focus on and how they want to express this, for example through a paper, a design drawing, an infographic, an app, etc.

More than 50 participants from 12 countries already registered to join the program over the coming months. In November 2014, the top contenders will be invited to present their vision during the Grand Final in Singapore.

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The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge is jointly led by PUB Singapore, NUSDeltares, Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities, DutchCham and the Netherlands Embassy. The Award is sponsored by Van Oord, Surbana, Fugro, Hydronav, Boskalis, Royal HaskoningDHV and YJP Surveyors.

Floating Village Wins First Indonesia-Netherlands Young Water Talent Award


An innovative concept for an Integrated Floating Village has won the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge. The Indonesia-Netherlands Young Water Talent Award was presented to the winning student team from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) by Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen.
Picture above from left to right: Minister Schultz van Haegen, students from team ITB, Dr. Basoeki (chair judiging committee), Mr Van Niekerk (chair Export & Promotion Dutch water sector)

The Integrated Floating Village concept is specifically aimed at the fishing communities in Jakarta. As the city is developing plans for extensive flood defence structures in Jakarta Bay, these communities need to find a new place to live.

Integrated Floating Village concept - ITBThe Integrated Floating Village offers not only floating housing for the fishing communities but also additional sources of income as the village will host a large fish market, restaurants and various aquatic tourist attractions. In recognition of the important national role of fisheries in Indonesia, the village will have a fisheries museum and an artificial coral reef to raise environmental awareness with visitors.



On behalf of the judging committee, Dr. Ir. M. Basoeki Hadimoeljono, Director General of Spatial Planning of the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works, praised the excellent work done by all teams. In his jury report he emphasized the importance of listening to the voice of the next generation and encouraged the students to continue helping Indonesia create a bright water future.

Launched in November 2013, student teams from four universities - Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Hasanuddin – have worked on new ideas for the sustainable development of Jakarta Bay. Under the theme Ports and Coasts Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, the teams were challenged to address different dimensions of the sustainable development of Jakarta Bay, supported by experts from Van Oord, Deltares, BAM International and Royal HaskoningDHV.

The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by organisations from both the private and public sectors: Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV, Vopak, Rabobank, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, Netherlands Water Partnership, INA, UNESCO-IHE, CKNet, Netherlands Embassy and Nuffic NESO.


Picture: Students teams with their mentors from Deltares, Van Oord, BAM International and Royal HaskoningDHV.

Holland Water Challenge featured in Van Oord client magazine

Reaching out to Future Generations


"With operations around the globe, Van Oord attaches great value to knowledge sharing, innovation, capacity building, and establishing relationships with local stakeholders. One of our initiatives to address these objectives is the Holland Water Challenge, a competition that inspires international young water talent to take an active role in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life delta and water management problems."

Read more in the online client magazine: http://magazine.vanoord.com