Nina van Toulon, founder of think-tank Indonesian Waste Platform (IWP) presented IWP's plans at the "Monitoring and Controlling Marine Debris Workshop" held by Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs in Millenium Hotel, Jakarta on Wednesday (26/10).

Monitoring Database to Give Waste Management a Clean Start

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

OCTOBER 31, 2016

Jakarta. Think tank Indonesian Waste Platform has teamed up with the government and private stakeholders to develop the Indonesian Waste Monitoring Database, addressing an urgent need to find an efficient solution in waste management, the group said in a statement.

According to IWP, the database would connect to global databases to access information on the sources and types of waste in Indonesia, as well the impact of it on health and the environment. Protocols for data collection are under development, including briefings and training for data collectors.

Established last year, the think tank is a hub for cross-sector and cross-border cooperation in Indonesian waste management. IWP has spent the last year networking with NGOs and researchers around the world, as well as Indonesia's ministries.

Nina Van Tonulo, creator of the think tank, in a statement said creating the networks was helped by her previous work in solving waste issues in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, since 2010.

She first presented the IWP plan to ministries in Jakarta mid this year, with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Forestry both signing on.

The database was presented to ministry representatives on Oct. 25. Charlotte Verburg, IWP researcher and PhD candidate from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, led the presentation.

The next day, IWP participated in a workshop hosted by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs which focuses on goals established by the Honolulu Strategy, a global framework for solving marine debris.

IWP stakeholders will attend the National Marine Plastic Pollution Summit Nov. 1 to 3, hosted by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and supported by the World Bank and Danish government. Representatives from the government, corporations, researchers and other grass roots organizations will meet to identify relevant waste issues, define a shared vision for solving the country's waste problems and develop a collective strategy and action plan.

The concept is a precursor to next year's Indonesian Waste Summit, a four-day cross-sector multi-stakeholder launched by the think tank.

IWP has joined hands with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and will host a delegation from the Dutch government in Jakarta in November to further develop plans for waste management in Indonesia.

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