Bali (ANTARA) - The government is committed to integrating provisions regulating the administration of land and water to stimulate economic growth and preserve the environment, Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning (ATR) Minister Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono stated.

"We need to continue to pursue the integration of all elements relevant to the administration of land and water. Since land and water are inseparable, the ATR Ministry has the responsibility to formulate policies that can accommodate various interests and needs," he remarked on Monday.

Speaking after attending the opening ceremony of the 10th World Water Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, Yudhoyono affirmed that his side would continue to coordinate with relevant parties to secure and prepare lands for the development of water infrastructure, such as dams and retention basins.

"It is true that talking about water also means talking about the land. When we are to supply adequate water to agricultural areas, we first need to ensure that the land required for the purpose has been secured legitimately," he pointed out.

He went on to reiterate that the ATR Ministry is committed to supporting economic growth and the preservation of nature in the country.

"We have been committed to providing full support to every measure aimed at stimulating economic growth and preserving the environment," he remarked.

On the same day, Indonesian President Joko Widodo outlined achievements made by his administration in the development and strengthening of domestic water infrastructure in the High-Level Meeting of the World Water Forum.

Speaking before participating heads of state, the president remarked that Indonesia regards water as a critical energy resource, which has been in use to operate a floating solar power plant in the Cirata Reservoir, West Java, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

The Indonesian head of state then pointed to the central role played by water in human life while noting that water scarcity might trigger not only economic slowdown but also wars and disasters.

Hence, to this end, he said the 10th World Water Forum serves as a strategic meeting for world leaders to take concrete actions and reaffirm joint commitment to actualizing integrated management of water resources.

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Translator: Aji C, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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