Master program in planning and management of coastal area and watershed (MPPDAS) Faculty of Geography Universitas Gadjah Mada held The 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Watershed Management on Tuesday 26 September 2017. The annual event was aimed for developing science through scientific discussion forum and research dissemination related to coastal and watershed environment management. The Minister of Environment and Forestry officially opened the seminar and continued to giving keynote speech. Along with the minister, also came Head of Center for Data, Statistic and Information of Ministry of Marine and Fishery and UGM Former Vice Rector for Research and Community Services 2013-2017 to delevering speech.

The national conference was also attended by Vice Rector for Education, Teaching, and Student Affairs of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Prof. Dr. Ir. Djagal Wiseso Marseno, M.Agr.; Head of Research and Development Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Hendri Bastaman, MES; Secretary of Directorate General of Management of Watersheds and Protected Forest, Dr. Ir. Hilman Nugroho, M.P.; and Deans of Faculties in Universitas Gadjah Mada. The conference was attended 200 participants from more than 20 universities in Indonesia, from West Sumatera until Papua, 10 government organizations and some private sectors. Fifty four of 101 scientific papers were presented and would be published in Proceeding of The 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Watershed Management.

The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc as the keynote speaker stated that 24,3 ha from 190 ha watersheds of Indonesia were in critical condition, especially influenced by land use changes, pollution, less knowledge and less empowerment in accessing forest, overlapping regulation, fragmented legal framework, weak law enforcement and inadequate concept of watershed management in spatial planning. She added that the main issues in environmental management of watershed and coastal were synergy, commitment, planning and coordination among stakeholders, concerning on human-environment relationship.

Prof. Dr. Suratman, M.Sc., Vice Rector for Research and Community Service of Universitas Gadjah Mada in his speech emphasized that academic, scientist, government, private sectors and community should have a good collaboration to actualize integrated land and ocean management. Hence, Science Techno Park was developed as a platform to manage and enhance economic condition and business competitiveness of community, moreover to promote culture and innovation based on science and local knowledge.

Watershed and coastal management should be supported by series of qualified data to analyze the real problems and potencies. Furthermore, an appropriate recommendation of management programs can be formulated. As stated by Dr. Budi Sulistyo, Head of Center for Data, Statistic and Information Ministry of Marine and Fishery, that the Ministry keeps developing to provide a standard data as one map policy for coastal analysis and management. In his speech, Dr. Budi clarified that combination of baseline data, development based on geospatial data and geospatial information created grand database for environmental planning and management.

“Coastal management which consists of management of physical aspect, resources, regulation, social and culture, engineering, community, should be improved as a part of development of geomaritime in Indonesia. The coastal management is closely related to management of watershed ecosystem because physical and social process of watershed would give strong influences toward the sustainability of coastal management. Integrated management among aspects in the ecosystems is a key for sustainable development”, stated Dr. Dyah Rahmawati Hizbaron, M.T, M.Sc., the Chairman of The 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Watershed Management. She emphasized that Master program in planning and management of coastal area and watershed (MPPDAS) Faculty of Geography UGM concerns on education, research and community services related to coastal and watershed management. Scientific discussion by experts from various aspects of coastal and watershed management in this conference was expected to generate ideas, critical thinking, analysis and recommendation for coastal and watershed management to support sustainable development in Indonesia.

In this occation, a new building of Faculty of Geography, Klinik Lingkungan dan Mitigasi Bencana (KLMB) was inaugurated by Ministry of Environment and Forestry. More than the physical building, the ceremony was conducted for inaugurating KLMB as a world class innovation development center on environmental management and disaster mitigation. “KLMB is functioned to conduct research and development of science and technology, community services as well as national and international collaboration, for supporting sustainable development of Indonesia”, stated Prof. Dr. Suratman, M.Sc as Head of KLMB. KLMB is a platform for monitoring policy practice, research implementation, community movement related environmental management and disaster risk reduction. “Environmental and disaster issues are not only government concern, but also ours, the whole community” he added. Ministry of Environment and Forestry support the KLMB vision and appreciate KLMB as a science center founded due to urgent issues based on geographic concept and applied directly to the community. “it has a strong contribution to national policy by providing environmental and disaster risk data, information and analysis as well as educating community”, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc. stated.