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[Guest Report] K-water provides flood management training to Indonesian officials

Sept 27,2019
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Officials from Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works learn about flood management systems and facilities while attending training held by K-water. The officials were able to visit the organization’s sites across Korea. [K-WATER]
K-water has been providing training to 15 officials from Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works at its Human Resources Development Institute at Yuseong-gu, Daejeon since Sept. 16.

The seminars have mainly covered how to prevent the Citarum River, which runs through the Indonesian capital Jakarta, from flooding.

The Citarum River is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) long and provides water for people living in the region, but also floods every year, which creates high pollution levels.

After assessing the characteristics of the region, K-water provided the officials information on water management policies, how to run a flood warning system efficiently and how to prevent climate change.

In 2017, Korea helped in building flood warning facilities at the Citarum River as part of an Official Development Assistance.

Experts from K-water and the developers of flood warning systems who had experience and a better understanding of the conditions in Indonesia have been selected as mentors.

K-water has shared its experiences of making flood warning systems and water resource management based on information technology, including how satellites and radar are utilized at a water hazard information platform center.

Indonesian officials have visited dams around Korea to gain a better understanding of how the water resources management center is running and will gain hands-on experience at K-water’s venues across the country.

K-water has been holding international training sessions to solve global water issues since 2000, and this year 100 participants from 22 countries are expected to take part.

“With K-water’s water management technology and experience, we will try to initiate diverse international forums to solve water issues around the world and to develop better management facilities and policies,” said Lee Hak-Soo, CEO of K-water.

“This education opportunity by K-water has been a great help in understanding flood management systems. I have participated in similar programs offered from other countries but this was one of the best experiences in that we learned not only theory but also had hands-on experience to gain a better understanding of what we learned,” added Yusma Elfita, a participant in the program.