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Polluted Rivers, Scarce Water, Sinking Capital: Dire Water Threats Facing Indonesia

Via Circle of Blue, a look at some of the dire water threats facing Indonesia which, per one report, could slice 7 percent from Indonesia’s GDP in 2045 – or boost it by 3 percent – depending on how they are handled: For decades, Indonesia’s largest city has been sinking into a water crisis. Jakarta’s descent […]

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Bali: Running Out Of Water

Via Al Jazeera, a report on Bali, Indonesia’s fabled island that is running out of water, with monsoon rains delayed and the tourist industry expanding: The people of Bali have shared water resources through “subak” – a sophisticated irrigation system that diverts water from channel to rice field and back – since the ninth century. More […]

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Global Cities Facing Water Risks

Via IWA’s The Source, an interesting look at some of the water challenges facing several of the world’s most at-risk cities: Water visions precede action. Yet it’s easy to offer “building blocks” to plan “sustainable urban water systems” that inform and govern “resilient and liveable cities.” What’s hard is showing how and where to implement […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: Asia’s Dangerous Thirst

Via the Nikkei Asian Review, commentary on how rapidly growing demand for water is stoking tensions in Asia: In recent weeks, one of the most pristine Himalayan rivers has mysteriously turned black when entering India from Tibet, highlighting how China’s upstream tunneling, damming and mining activities might be causing major environmental contamination. The plight of […]

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Indonesia’s Water Security

Via Future Directions International, a look at Indonesia’s water security: Key Points Population growth and an expanding manufacturing sector will increase demand for water. New dams will likely improve agricultural water supplies, at least in the short-term, but will not improve municipal supplies. Water privatization in Jakarta has failed to improve service delivery. The return […]

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Indonesia: Disjointed Islands Make Water Scarcity A Problem

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), interesting analysis of Indonesia’s water scarcity challenges: Indonesia is in a transitional period as new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attempts to improve governance, fight corruption and centralize government regulations. Like his predecessors, however, Jokowi will struggle with the geographic constraints inherent to Indonesia. While Jakarta is poised to benefit from […]

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