5 Apr 2014

An innovative concept for an Integrated Floating Village has won the first Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge. The Indonesia-Netherlands Young Water Talent Award was presented to the winning student team from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) by Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

The Integrated Floating Village concept is specifically aimed at the fishing communities in Jakarta. As the city is developing plans for extensive flood defence structures in Jakarta Bay, these communities need to find a new place to live.

The Integrated Floating Village offers not only floating housing for the fishing communities but also additional sources of income as the village will host a large fish market, restaurants and various aquatic tourist attractions. In recognition of the important national role of fisheries in Indonesia, the village will have a fisheries museum and an artificial coral reef to raise environmental awareness with visitors.

Read the full article on hollandwaterchallenge.nl.