Management of coastal potential, including physical aspect management, human resource potential, regulation, socio-culture, engineering, population etc, needs to be enhanced as part of geomaritime development for Indonesia. This relates with other ecosytem management, including river basin. Synergy is needed to manage both through good spatial arrangement, involving stakeholders.
“Spatial arrangement not only belongs to government but also society. Management should be done integratedly involving stakeholders, government, society and private sector, engaging many disciplines,” said Head of Geospatial Information Agency, Dr. Priyadi Kardono, M.Sc., giving a keynote speech during a national seminar titled Management of Coastal and River Basin Areas at Faculty of Geography UGM on Thursday (12/5).
River basin arrangement, in his opinion, needs to be done in line with spatial planning and water resource management pattern as stated in regulations. The Agency/BIG has the role to expedite Basic Geospatial Information to integrate Thematic Geospatial Information to the government in order to settle the drafting of Spatial Bylaws.
He admitted, however, problems relating to geospatial data and information. “Implementation of Spatial Mapping Guidelines cannot yet be conducted well enough due to limited Thematic Geospatial Information,” he said.
Professor in Remote Sensing for Hydrology and River Basin Management, Prof. Dr. Totok Gunawan, M.S., presented the need to use remote sensing technology for managing coastal and river basin areas. Remote sensing technology can identify different characteristics of Indonesia’s 17,000 river basins. Furthermore, this can be used to understand the disaster potential and risk in certain areas.
Coastal Geomorphology professor of Faculty of Geography, Prof. Dr. Sunarto, M.S., said coastal and river basin management needs to combine geographical approach and functional approach remembering the character differences of space that require different treatment as well. “To manage the coastal and river basin areas, leaders have to know the essence and characteristics of the object to be managed,” he said.
This seminar is the second hosted by Coastal and River Basin Management Magister Programme that focuses on education programme, research and community service related to coastal and river basins matters. As many as 89 papers are presented here that discuss ecosystem, coastal spatial management, disaster management, geospatial technology, and other aspects in coastal and river basin management.