Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Defense Forces would deploy 12 thousand combined personnel from the Army (AD), Air Force (AL), and Navy (AL) to secure the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) in Bali.

"Our personnel will be responsible to carry out security and health tasks," head of the TNI Information Center, Major General Nugraha Gumilar, told ANTARA on Monday.

TNI personnel would begin providing security at the location a week before the event falling on May 18-25, 2024, Gumilar said.

This was done for personnel to conduct monitoring and location mapping for places in need of additional security measures, he stated.

Apart from land security, Gumilar said TNI also conducts air and sea security around Bali Island.

"We are deploying warship (KRI) in Bali Strait and Lombok Strait," Gumilar said.

In addition to security measures, TNI will provide several aircraft to conduct evacuations in the event of a natural disaster during the WWF.

"To prepare for an evacuation for natural disaster, such as the eruption of Mount Agung," he explained.

The defense forces has also provided health workers to anticipate casualties from natural disasters that may occur in Bali during the event, Gumilar added.

With such strict monitoring efforts, he hopes that WWF activities would run smoothly and safely.

WWF is an international forum involving several stakeholders in the water resources sector.

The event will feature 230 thematic forum sessions, 55 side events, and 10 special sessions.

The Indonesian government has invited 44 heads of state, four heads of international institutions, and 198 ministers or ministerial-level officials responsible for water resources issues.

The 10th WWF carries the theme of "Water for Shared Prosperity" and will discuss several sub-themes, namely water security and prosperity; water for humans and nature; disaster risk reduction and management.

The participants will also discuss water governance, cooperation, and diplomacy; sustainable water financing; and knowledge and innovation.

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Translator: Walda Marison, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Tia Mutiasari
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