Coasts & Ports Indonesia


The development of coasts and ports is of national importance to both Indonesia and the Netherlands, securing economic growth and offering safety against floods for millions of people.

Given these are typically large-scale infrastructural projects, often taking place in densely populated areas, the development of ports and coasts is likely to have significant impact on people and the environment.

Inevitably, there will be advantages and disadvantages to any such project, but the goal is to plan and design integrated solutions that achieve the best possible outcome for all key stakeholders - People, Planet & Profit.

This first edition of the Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge 2013-2014 invited students to explore opportunities for such integrated solutions, focusing on Jakarta Bay. 

Launch Dutch Prime Minister Rutte

The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge was officially launched during the visit to Indonesia by Dutch PM Mark Rutte. He personally wished the students teams good luck as they started working on their assignments. The teams presented themselves on-stage during the seminar attended by more than a hundred representatives from the Indonesian and Dutch water sectors. For the two following days, the teams worked at the offices of their mentor companies, outlining the initial ideas and preparing their projects. 

Finals & Award Presentation during NCICD Expert Meeting

After 3 months of hard work, the team were invited to present their solutions during the NCICD expert meetings in Jakarta to an audience of more than 200 hundred water experts from Indonesia and the Netherlands. The proposed solutions were very well received and lively discussion followed each of the presentations.

The submissions and presentations were judged by an expert jury, chaired by Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Director General of Spatial Planning at the Ministry of Public Works. After Dr. Basuki announced the ITB team as the winners with their innovative Integrated Floating Village concept, the awards were presented to all teams by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen. 

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