Holland Water Challenge

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


Indonesian students kick-off new ideas for Jakarta Bay

Picture-Holland-Water-ChallStudent teams from 4 Indonesian universities received a warm welcome during the Dutch trade mission on 20 and 21 November as they started working on new ideas for the development of Jakarta Bay. The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge was officially launched during the Water and Ports Seminar on 20 November where all teams were given strong encouragement by the more than 150 Indonesian and Dutch guests attending.

The 16 students who have been selected after an initial call for papers in October, teamed up in Jakarta for two days with their mentor companies - Van Oord, BAM International, Royal HaskoningDHV and Deltares - to lay the foundation for their plans. Over the coming two months, the teams will further develop their ideas, taking advantage of expertise provided by the Dutch companies.

Under the theme Ports and Coasts Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, each of the teams is developing an innovative idea addressing a specific challenge related to the development of Jakarta Bay:
1. Working on Water. Team from ITS Surabaya, supported by Royal HaskoningDHV
2. Building on Water. Team from UGM Yogya, supported by BAM International
3. Living on Water. Team from ITB Bandung, supported by Deltares
4. Building with Water. Team from Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar, supported by Van Oord


Over the next two months, the teams and their mentors have access to a private workspace on BlueSpring, an online platform specifically designed to support the interaction between young water talent and professionals. In addition, several field trips are expected to take place to allow the teams to gain a good understanding of the specific conditions in and around Jakarta Bay.

The plans will be presented and awarded during the upcoming visit by Minister Schultz van Haegen in March 2014.

The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by 13 Dutch organisations, including Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV, Vopak, Rabobank, Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environent, NWP, INA, UNESCO-IHE, CKNet, Netherlands Embassy and Nuffic NESO.

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