Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) presented the Dutch-Indonesian National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) flood protection plan in Jakarta today. She announced the plan together with the Indonesian Minister of Public Works, Djoko Kirmanto. The Master Plan contains a vision and practical recommendations aimed at guaranteeing the safety of Jakarta’s 4 to 5 million inhabitants in 2025.
Jakarta is facing significant challenges. The rate of land subsidence is some 15 cm per year, due to groundwater extractions, and an increasingly larger section of the city is below sea level. Heavy rainfall combined with years of overdue maintenance on flood defences increases the possibility of flooding. Increasing urbanisation is putting enormous pressure on the drinking water supply.
“In Jakarta, the speed at which spatial planning and water management must be adapted to the growing population and economy is unparalleled. I am proud to present this plan to you and I have every faith in the cooperation between our two countries,” Minister Schultz said at the presentation.
In 2008, Indonesia called on the Netherlands to aid in protecting Jakarta from high water. Indonesian and Dutch experts from the public and private sectors and research institutions worked on the Master Plan for National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) for six years. Minister Schultz: “This is a highly ambitious plan. A plan with imaginative solutions like an outer sea wall in the form of Indonesia’s national symbol, the Great Garuda. The Master Plan is on schedule, in line with the desire of the Indonesian government to speed up the project.”
From 30 March to 4 April, Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and the Environment is leading a trade mission to Jakarta and Surabaya. The visit is a follow-up to the mission to Jakarta led by Prime Minister Rutte in November 2013 and its aim is to intensify the existing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of water management and port development. Eighteen Dutch companies and organisations from the water and port sectors* are accompanying the minister They hope to contribute further to the new hydraulic engineering and port development projects in Indonesia. In addition to bilateral talks with Indonesian authorities, later in the week the delegation will visit the port of Surabaya, and the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency: the BMKG.
*Arcadis, BAM, Boskalis, Deltares, gemeente Rotterdam, Grontmij, IHC Merwede, KNMI, Kuiper Compagnons, Netherlands Water Partnership, Port of Rotterdam, Royal Haskoning DHV, Simavi, STC Group, Strukton, Van Oord, Witteveen and Bos.