Drought warning issued in Java, IndonesiaBy Chalid Nasution Sep 19, 2011 10:30AM UTC
Indonesia has almost entered the dry season. All regions in Indonesia face the same problem of shortage of water resources to meet the necessities of life. However, worries are mounting that there will be a severe drought in Java this year.
“In a dry season like this, the water supply will be reduced drastically. However, Java’s most at risk of drought, because of large-scale land conversion,” said Head of Data Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a pres release Sunday.
According to the press release, changes in land use in Java has been going on since the 19th century. The area of forest remaining approximately 23 percent, 7 percent of protected forest and 16 percent of production forest. The average conversion of agricultural is increasing.
Nugroho said that in the future, management of water resources will face much more severe constraints. Water supply policy will also be largely determined by the total population and the welfare of Indonesians at the time.
“The conflict between communities for a variety of water needs will occur more frequently,” he concluded.