Water Everywhere but Not A Drop to Live

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The term sustainable development is becoming the talk today because UN Summit in New York has unveiled the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015 ago and has prevailed since January 2016. Sustainable development can be defined as development that oriented towards the future, without compromising the effectiveness and efficiency in fulfilling our needs today.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. SDGs are a form of sympathetic world to develop the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Each goal of SDGs has specific target to be achieved over the next 15 years. There are 17 targets of SDGs which includes an emphasis on the environment.

One of SDGs targets is Clean Water and Sanitation. It is the 6th target of SDGs. According to the narrative of Urban Future Researcher, Emmy Yuniarti Rusadi, S.T., M.Eng., stated that the SDGs include issues of water and sanitation. Sanitation is a top priority in international forum which has long received attention, but has not been successful to date. Sanitation problems pervasive in all way of life, from high-class society, the middle class, and lower middle class in all parts of the world, as well as marginal classes in some advanced countries.


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Despite of sanitation, water important to our life because its function. But now, there are some problems about water. Online newspaper krjogja.com in last March reported that the water flow in the Condongcatur river rises on Sunday, 27th March 2016 and caused flood in Condongcatur. The news showed that there was water everywhere but can not be utilized to live because of the low water quality.

Another thing to support the continuity of water is watershed where the water will be collected and returned to the sea. Head of Watershed Management Agency and Protected Forest Serayu Opak Progo, Ir. Widiasmoro Sigit J.S, M.Si, stated that the aims of watershed management are maintaining water balance, increasing carrying capacity of the watershed, and finally improving the welfare of society. The concept of watershed management is to manage the interrelationship of natural resources with the community. The scope of watershed management includes cross-sector, cross-region, cross-administration, and cross-cultural.

Restoration and maintain are two conditions of watershed. Serayu Opak Progo Watershed plays as a restoration watershed.  This watershed is important to manage the water in Yogyakarta’s areas. Maintaining watershed is one of the ways to achieve Sustainable Development Goals specifically for the 6th target of SDGs because it helps to sustain the water supply.

Mr.Widiasmoro stated that “Human is culprit for all the earth’s environmental problems.” As youth, we must take our part to become a solution for our surroundings. The easiest way to success the Clean Water and Sanitation is to be wise in using water and be creative to process the water.









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