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Session Introduction

This session is entitled “Youth Perspectives: Water Research and Initiatives”, which will be organized by Indonesian Green Action Forum (IGAF), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB University), Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Young Earth Solutions (BCFN YES), UN Environment South East Asia Youth Network (UN Environment SEAYEN), Youngsan University, and Youth and United Nations Global Alliance of Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (YUNGA UNFAO). In this session, there will be two sessions, including talk show and young researchers’ presentation. The talk show (60 minutes) will discuss global water research and initiatives conducted by certain institutions with engaging young people. Aside the discussion, young water researchers’ presentation (60 minutes) will be carried out by selected youth from Indonesia and or Republic of Korea. In the talk show and presentation, the organizer will select the guest speakers and presenters who only concern about wastewater treatment, nanotechnology for water purification, and so forth. After the talk show and presentation, the organizers will take another action (15 minutes) to gather young people to draft a “Youth Agenda in Water Research and Initiatives”. The agenda will be harnessed as a collected young water researchers’ document that helps guide young people to aspire their voices into policy makers’ decision. This session will be targeted to be attended by youths, researchers, academicians, and other registered KIWW participants. To promote this session, the organizers will use the power of social media by publishing all activities performed before, after, and during this session. Furthermore, to attract the attendants, the organizers will utilize traditional costumes and creative strategies enthralling the interests of KIWW participants to attend this session. After completing this session and KIWW 2019, like the previous experiences, most of us will have opportunities to share this session results to Indonesia magazines, newspapers, television, and so forth.

Session Schedule

Time Contents Speaker/Participants
13:30 - 13:35 (5’) Masters of ceremony Ms. Alifta Farisa Zulfa
Mr. Muhammad Agung Sedayu
13:35 – 13.45 (10’) Opening remark Mr. Salman Faris Al-Faritsi (IGAF IPB University)
13:45- 14:55 (70’) Wastewater recycle and reuse research, initiatives, and project in different sectors
  • 1. Prof. Shahbaz Khan (Director of UNESCO Asia-Pacific)
  • 2. Prof. Amanda Loeffen (Director General of WaterLex)
  • 3. Prof. Chihwan Kim (Lecturer of Youngsan University)
14:55 - 15:10 (15’) Moderating the above discussion (Question and Answer Session) Dr. Achmad Solikhin
15:10 – 15:45 (35’) 5-10 selected Indonesia and Korea students with their research and studies on wastewater treatment
  • 1. Ms. Ummu Salamah Khoiriyah, BSc (BPDPKS/IPB University Indonesia)
  • 2. Ms. Ike Mediawati, BSc, MSc (Sungkyunkwan University, ROK)
  • 3. Mr. Anthony Harlly Sasono Putro, BSc, MSc (Sungkyunkwan University, ROK)
  • 4. Mr. Sandeep Basu, BSc, MSc (Yeungnam University, ROK)
  • 5. Mr. Muhammad Ridho Saputra Sanurbi, BSc (IPB University, Indonesia)
  • 6. Mr. Ahmad Farub (Yeungsan University, ROK)
15:45 – 15:55 (10’) Moderating the above discussion (Question and Answer Session) Ms. Syifa Fatimah, BSc (Dian Nuswantoro University, Indonesia)
Mr. Supandi Hermawan (IPB University, Indonesia)
15:55 – 16:00 (5’) Closing remark, photo session, and mementoes Ms. Menik Dewi Salindri (Youngsan University, ROK)


  • Prof. Shahbaz Khan, PhD: Prof. Khan is the Director of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Jakarta. He presented a presentation entitled Water: Security: A Multi-stakeholder Engagement Challenge. Water Security should include three components, such as human security, socio-economic security, and ecologic security. He also presented about Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) referring to as the way to manage water resources in a harmonious and environmentally sustainable manner by gradually uniting stakeholders. He also stressed that water is at the heart of sustainable development affecting social, economic, and environmental sustainability. His presentation material appears at Annex 1.
  • Amanda Loeffen, BSc, MSc: Ms. Amanda Loeffen is the Director General of WaterLex; and he delivered a presentation entitled Sustainable Sanitation, Water Governance, and Human Rights. Her institution has a mission to secure the human rights to water and sanitation through law and policy reform. She told that water is a human right, and human right based approach (HRBA) is designed to further the realization of human rights with consisting of structural frwameworks, procedural, and outcomes. HRBA to water should comprise participation, accountability, non-discrimination and equity, transparent, and empowerment. Her presentation material appears at Annex 2.
  • Prof. Chihwan Kim, PhD: Prof. Chihwan Kim is the Assistant Professor of Youngsan University, South Korea, ROK. He presented about the story telling of Water as the Source of Life. By using a story of a 14-year-old middle school girl went missing in ROK, he interlinked the utilization of water to her survivor during her missing. Besides that, he explained that there are three legal systems in ROK on regulating water, such as up, down, and in the middle. His presentation material appears at Annex 3.

Besides the presentation of these above distinguished speakers, there were also some initiatives and projects on water presented by selected young students, studying in ROK and Indonesia. They were:

  • Ms. Ike Mediawati representing University of Sungkyungwan, ROK: She presented the partial nitrification by using PVA/alginate immobilized-cells. That presentation pertained the removal of nitrogenous compounds from wastewater systems prior to its disposal as an important issue. Her presentation material is in Annex 4.
  • Mr. Sandeep Basukala representing University of Youngnam, ROK: He presented the economic value of Begnas Lake by using travel cost method. As his presentation summary, for better consumer surplus, maintenance of ecosystem services like fresh water, boating and tourism infrastructures like trail, trail light, view tower, boating centre needed to be built; and visitation records have to be managed. His presentation material appears in Annex 5.
  • Mr. Antony Harlly Sasono Putro representing University of Sungkyungwan, ROK: He presented about Nusa Dua Beach erosion. As a conclusion, based on the shoreline, area, and volume changing rate calculation, beach erosion was occurred at some parts of Nusa Dua Beach. Based on the simulation, after beach nourishment, due to some processes, the beach tried to make the equilibrium condition (shoreline and beach profile). His presentation appears in Annex 6.
  • Mr. Ahmad Farub representing Youngsan University, ROK: He presented about water purification method by utilizing carbon nanoparticles blended with electrospun chitosan polymers. The electrospun membranes would be beneficial to remove heavy metals and to inhibit the growth of bacteria. His presentation material appears in Annex 7.
  • Mr. Muhammad Ridho Sanurbi representing Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia: He presented about the utilization of bamboo for water preservation. Some species of bamboo have been identified as water storage, furnitures, food, and bioenergy. His presentation material appears in Annex 8.
  • Mr. Ummu Salamah Khairiyah representing Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia: She presented the importance of chitosan/carbon nanoparticles to remove heavy metals and to kill bacteria. The addition of carbon nanoparticles could enhance the properties of the hydrogels. Her presentation appears in Annex 9.


There were about 50 attendees or participants who attended this Platform. The participants were from the UN agencies, governmental sectors, private sectors, university, local people, and young people. During this Platform, there were gobs of questions proposed to guest speakers who presented their presentation. In this Platform, there were two sections in which every presenter delivered his/her presentation for about 15 min per each. In this report, we will describe in detail of his/her presentation, and what will be the major outcomes that are beneficial as a reference for the next KIWW 2020 or the 9th World Water Forum.

  In this Platform, we attempted to engage many young people to be more pro-active to help actualize some solutions into implementable and sustainable actions. Not only just problems or challenges but also solution and implementation for water issues are really needed. In addition, the young can be more active to accelerate Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and use the decent rights to achieve IWRM. Most of the presentations benefited nature-based solutions to tackle water issues affecting the world, such as the utilization of biopolymer for water recycle and reuse, the utilization of trees or bamboos for water storage, and so forth.

Major messages

There were three major messages extracted from this TIP Platform:

  • 1. Water research and initiatives of young people must be actualized in the ground (implementable and sustainable), and not only just solutions;
  • 2. The results of this TIP Platform must be utilized for the next agenda of KIWW 2020, and the results can be benefited for the imperative matters in the High-Level Panel Meeting in KIWW and other water forums;
  • 3. Private and public sectors must invest young people’s research and initiatives, and help translate these regards into implementable actions beneficial for better future.


The organizers expect that young people must be involved in every single activity of TIP Platform because they have voices and initiatives, which can be used for tackling water issues. Aside the above, youth must be engaged in the policy making so that their voices are not marginalized.