Jakarta (ANTARA) - Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, in the ministry's statement here on Wednesday, emphasized that the management of water resources requires massive orchestration from various countries and across sectors.

According to the minister, water is transnational and crosses countries' borders, and no single country in the world can manage water independently, so orchestration by all countries is essential.

"That alone is not enough, as we need to have smaller coordination within the country at all levels, national and regional, which include provinces, cities, districts, and even villages," he stated.

He affirmed that cooperation and contribution of all countries in water management are not easy, as each has a different political system and government administration.

He stressed that global-level integrated efforts must be made, as what was carried out at the Local and Regional Government Forum during the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) held in Bali on May 18-24, 2024.

The 10th WWF is held under the theme of "Water for Shared Prosperity" with several sub-themes, including water for humans and nature and water for security.

According to Karnavian, the political system and government administration between one country and another vary. There are countries that embrace a democratic system, centralization, as well as decentralization, either fully or partially.

However, water governance does not recognize the different systems, so, he said, cooperation is required by involving governments at all levels.

"Indonesia is a democracy that implements a partial decentralization system. The country consists of 38 provinces, 98 cities, and 416 districts, with about 280 million people. We divide the duty of water management to the central, provincial, city, district, and village governments," he stated.

Karnavian remarked that several strategic efforts, such as issuing policies, facilitating local governments, and building regional-owned enterprises for providing drinking water and clean water, are among the strategic steps in water management.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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