Coastal areas are highly dynamic system with very complex physical and non-physical processes. Since the majority of the world’s populations live in coastal regions to take advantage of marine and coastal resources, the development of coastal areas for industrial, business, residential, agricultural and recreational uses are growing rapidly. Physical resources such as waves, tidal inundation, sea level rise, erosion, sedimentation, coastal disasters (tsunami, flooding, etc) and various weather phenomena also play an important role in the coastal resources management. Having these insights, coastal area management is a unique and complex challenge. Integrated coastal management seeks to rise to this challenge by coordinated planning and action involving local communities, local government, NGO, engineer, stakeholder groups and managers at local, regional, and national levels as well as both natural and social scientists.

Meanwhile, watershed as a unity of land region bounded by complex topographical barrier is functioned as rain water receiver, conducts the stream, and even arranges its hydrological system and its ecosystem. Watershed is generally divided into three major parts. The upstream generally stood as conservation area and middle part is a cultivation area. The downstream is a coastal area which directly facing the impact of activity conducted in the upstream and the downstream. Therefore, the management planning of watershed may not disregard the coastal planning management.

Those aforementioned processes play a vital role on resources carrying capacity and ecosystem services including food production as most of fisheries activities are coastal-based.  In many part of developing worlds, small-scale fishing activities in coastal areas are important means of income generation and livelihood strategies for the rural poor. In relation to food security issues, coastal management is linked to local level practices to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments through sustainable best practices and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The degradation of resources in the coastal and watershed areas asks for a comprehensive and scientific approach and interdisciplinary knowledge and requires an innovative solution towards water and coastal management problems. The Master Program in Planning and Management of Coastal Areas and Watershed trains our students to become an international expert in coastal areas and watershed planning and management.


Program Education Objective

The Master Program in Planning and Management of Coastal and Watershed (MPPDAS), Faculty of Geography UGM produces highly qualified graduates with sound knowledge of coastal and watershed management who are able to address environmental problems using three geographical approaches (spatial, ecological and regional complex), remote sensing and geographic information systems. Students of MPPPDAS are educated to have following competences,

         Knowledge and understanding-based competency

  • to demonstrate knowledge on principles of coastal and watershed ecosystem and its management using geographical approaches;
  • to implement and apply knowledge of coastal and watershed ecosystem for arranging its management;Intellectual skill-based competency
  • to identify and analyze coastal and watershed issues, addressed environmental problems;
  • to analyze planning and management issues of coastal and watershed ecosystem;Practical skill-based competency
  • to design research and project related coastal and watershed management;
  • to design and formulate planning and management of coastal and watershed ecosystem;

         Managerial skill and attitude-oriented competency

  • To develop continuously learning skills and knowledge improvement;
  • to show awareness of coastal and watershed issues;
  • to behave according to moral and ethical values as well as local content in the community contex and in the work place as well as work professioally both individually and in a team;


Students of MPPDAS are equipped to join or conduct multidisciplinary teams working in the analysis, investigation, and management of environment and regional development, as well as to continue doctoral program in geography, such as environmental science, environmental management based on coastal and watershed system, disaster management, etc. Potential employers are national and international organisations involves in research, environmnetal and regional development, environmental conservation, and disaster management projects, government institutions dedicated to coastal and watershed management as well as regional development, consulting agencies involves in environmental evaluations, regional development, coastal and watershed evaluations, universities, etc.

Head of MPPDAS Program

Dr. Slamet Suprayogi, M.S.

Vice Head of MPPDAS Program

Dr. Evita Hanie Pangaribowo, M.IDEC.