Unpad and Walhi Jabar Synergize Program to Solve Citarum Problems

[unpad.ac.id/17/6/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran partnered up with West Java Wahana Lingkungan Hidup (Walhi), an organization focused on environmental matters, to synergize in solving the problems in the Citarum river. Hopefully, this cooperation can integrate various strategic programs that’s already done in solving the problem in Citarum.

Unpad Vice Rector for Research, Community Service, Partnerships and Academic Corporation Dr. Keri Lesteri, M.Si., Apt., with a number of leaders and Walhi Jabar activists after holding a meeting at the Unpad Vice Rector meeting room, Dipati Ukur street No. 35, Bandung, Monday (17/6).

The matter was addressed by Unpad Vice Rector for Research, Community Service, Partnerships and Academic Corporation Dr. Keri Lesteri, M.Si., Apt., during a meeting with a number of activists from Walhi Jabar at the Unpad Vice Rector meeting room, Dipati Ukur street No. 35, Bandung, Monday (17/6).

Dr. Keri explained, both Unpad and Walhi have done a lot of programs around the Citarum watershed area. Surely, these programs can be synergized so that the program can be more comprehensive.

“We’d like to communicate with environmental activists about the upcoming activities which are going to be held in Citarum. Why is communication needed? Because no matter how good a program is planned, if it’s not communicated well, it will be hard to implement,” said Dr. Keri.

Unpad itself, she continued, has been doing research in Citarum for decades. This activity is strengthened even further by the establishment of Center of Citarum Research (CCR) in Unpad. Through this research center, Unpad has cooperated with Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) to do a joint research concerning Citarum.

“We’ve agreed that research grand design roadmap is from Unpad, but we also need to listen to what the public needs, and we must also collaborate with communities that hold environmental activities,” said Dr. Keri.

Hopefully, the synergy between university and community in the Citarum area can bring about a real change. Dr. Keri emphasized that this real change is measured with various indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the opportunity, Head of CCR Unpad Dr. Cipta Endayana, M.T., addressed the profile of CCR Unpad. This center collect transdisciplinary research in various sub-watershed and subsector in Citarum.

Regarding this synergy, Dr. Cipta ecnougraed that the responsibilities in solving the problem in Citarum must be shared to every actors. Every sector or sub-watershed of Citarum must have a coordinator. “To avoid an overload. Thus, we need public communities,” he said.

Director of Walhi Jabar Dadan Ramdan gave an appreciation to Unpad’s intention in doing synergy in Citarum. All this time, his organization has done many programs. From planting seeds in upstream areas, village integration, to educating people concerning waste management in sub-watershed of Citarum.

As from the Unpad, the meeting was attended by the Unpad’s Director of Research, Community Service, and Innovation Rizky Abdullah, Apt., PhD, as well as Head of International Office dr. Ronny, PhD.

Report by Arief Maulana
Translated by Dinda Ayu Maharani

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