Jakarta (ANTARA) - Proper conservation and management of water resources are the keys to realizing the vision of the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara, according to an official.

"Sustainable management of Central Park can adapt to population growth, the city's economic growth, and demands for better environmental quality," said Vivi Yulaswati, Deputy of Maritime and Natural Resources at the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), in a statement on Friday.

In planning the construction of IKN Nusantara, Bappenas and the Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN) visited the Central Park Conservancy (CPC) in New York, the United States.

During the visit, the Indonesian government and conservationists discussed the history of planning for the development of Central Park, from the construction phase, urban planning, and water management, to financing.

Public-private cooperation in the structure and mechanism of financing, as well as the management of CPC rainwater and wastewater, are considered to be the keys to CPC's success.

Yulaswati said that Bappenas and OIKN also gained insights into the management of rainwater and sewage infiltration systems, recirculation, and effective use of water to prevent flooding, as a reference for the management of water infiltration systems in IKN that also aims to become carbon neutral.

CPC, which was established in 1880, has financing from the private sector, with a higher contribution from the state. The organization is said to have overseen more than US$1 billion in investment for the restoration and upgrades of Central Park since its founding.

"I hope this visit can inspire OIKN to plan integrated water management and the development of IKN Nusantara that successfully applies the principles of people, planet, and prosperity in a sustainable manner," she remarked.

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