Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia will seek to apply hydro-diplomacy at the 10th World Water Forum (WWF), scheduled for May 18-24 this year in Bali Province, according to an official at the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry.

"Through hydro-diplomacy, Indonesia aims to facilitate countries or governments to exchange knowledge, technology, and experiences regarding water resource management," PUPR Minister's Special Staff for Water Resources Firdaus Ali noted in a short message received by ANTARA here on Wednesday.

The official described hydro-diplomacy as a diplomatic approach that focuses on water-related issues and prioritizes fruitful dialogues, with the objective of responding to various problems related to water.

Ali further explained that hydro-diplomacy also encompasses discussions regarding international cooperation and mutually beneficial financing schemes in relation to water.

He said, through the diplomatic approach, Indonesia will also seek to establish concrete cooperation in dealing with water-related conflicts by encouraging countries to share and adopt the best practices of water management and hydrological disaster mitigation.

As the host for the triennial forum, he affirmed that Indonesia will also strive to apply hydro-diplomacy to endorse sustainable and inclusive water resource management while pushing for more efficient water management, water conflict resolutions, and achievements of water-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.

"Indonesia is strongly committed to taking an active role in supporting the formulation of global-level solutions to water issues. Through its participation at the WWF, Indonesia expects to be able to intensify international collaboration and promote global water agendas for shared prosperity," he stated.

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia has only two years to prepare for hosting the 10th edition of the international forum that will adopt "Water for Shared Prosperity" as its theme.

The 2024 WWF will focus on four topics of discussion, namely water conservation, clean water and sanitation, food and energy resilience, and mitigation of natural disasters.

The Indonesian Government has invited 43 ambassadors and four international organizations to the forum that is expected to draw the participation of around 50 thousand delegates from various countries.

During the forum, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in 244 sessions that are expected to result in concrete support for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence on Water and Climate Resilience.

Furthermore, the sessions are expected to conclude with the mainstreaming of the implementation of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach on small islands and the designation of World Lake Day.

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Translator: Yashinta D, Tegar Nurfitra
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