Missing water and shadow users
Thursday, April 22, 2010 Mohamad Mova Al'Afghani
There is an interesting op-ed in today's Jakarta Post about Water Resources. The author argues:
There are three main reasons for the emergence of shadow users and the disappearance of water from the water table.
- First, on face value, unlike countries that face water scarcity, Indonesia has abundant and easily accessible water resources.
- Second, a small handful of non-state actors and activist organizations are not pluralistic by definition. These actors are politically driven, weak and sparse. Promoting a consensus based pluralistic dialogue and discourse is not their main agenda.
- Third, both at the national and local levels, there are gaps in linking public policy-making with regulatory frameworks.
Can't agree more with the 2nd point. The water resources discourse in Indonesia is quite monolithic: it's either you are pro public ownership or pro privatization. I don't think this will get us anywhere.