2F.2 : Community of Praxis on Water & Sanitation
- November 25, 2020
- Zoom Meeting
Cities Building Community of Praxis on Water and Sanitation
This round table aims to deepen and expand further Dutch-Indonesian collaboration related to the Amsterdam International Water Week 2019. As an outcome of the Water Week the cities of Jakarta, Cape Town and Amsterdam are developing a community of praxis, bridging theory and practice. This community aims to create a shared learning on water and sanitation in the context of climate change (SDG 6 and 13). Shared learning does not only refer to a technical, political or economic approach, but includes also the dimension of religion and values. The reason for this is that the challenges involved are often too complex to be solved by one discipline. Two initiatives are pitched. First, the round table presents research that highlights that actions are informed by the way people look at the world, including images of human – nature. A question is then, how can decision-makers take worldviews into consideration to enhance eco-friendly behavior and help effective implementation of environmental policies? Second, during the table the city of Bekasi, located on the eastern border of Jakarta with a population 2.8 million people, is used as a case study to further sanitation improvements. The past Water Operator Partnership could benefit from continuation using a multi-stakeholder approach that seeks to include religious communities as actors of change. Bekasi is ambitious in bringing the current sewage collection and treatment system to a next level – in line with the ambitions of the Indonesian government. The table discusses these initiatives and related interdisciplinary approach.
Andrea Suscito, Head of Technical Unit on Waste Water at Bekasi City, Indonesia.
Prof. Frans Wijsen – Professor of Empirical and Practical Religious Studies, Radboud University. Member of the Netherlands-Indonesia Consortium for Muslim-Christian Relations, member of the Living Lab Water Indonesia Platform. Supervisor of three Indonesian Ph.D. candidates working on Religion and Ecology.
Jan Jorrit Hasselaar, Coordinator the Amsterdam Centre for Religion & Sustainable Development.
Marieke van Nood, Regional Director for Asia and East-Africa at World Waternet, linked to Waternet, the water cycle company in Amsterdam and surroundings, which had a Water Operator’s Partnership with the City of Bekasi from 2017-2020.
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