JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide three technical assistance projects totaling $3.3 million to support the preparation of a water resources project, improve the government’s ability to implement a metropolitan sanitation program and implement effective climate change policy. The support is financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, administered by ADB.

Jon D. Lindborg, ADB Country Director for Indonesia, and Ayu Sukorini the Acting Director of Funds at the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, exchanged letters of agreement for the three technical assistance projects in Jakarta today.

“The climate change technical assistance project will help the government build strong capacity so that it can continue to develop good climate change policies that can be turned into planning and program implementation at the national and local level,” Lindborg said.

The second technical assistance project will address the shortage of water supply in Bandung, West Java, by developing adequate surface water resources and providing raw water to the provincial water supply companies (Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum/PDAMs). The policy will thereby reduce dependence on and overexploitation of groundwater while also addressing upper watershed degradation.

The third technical assistance project launched today will help the government in preparing investment projects to provide improved wastewater services and sanitation in metropolitan areas. Currently, only 11 out of 330 cities in Indonesia have partial sewer systems, with wastewater treatment plants covering only 2% of the national population. In 2009, the Government of Indonesia estimated that 51% of households had access to basic sanitation. The lack of access to basic sanitation has lead to the spread of water related diseases.

The technical assistance will specifically address the needs of urban communities, including low income households, by designing investments in collection and treatment systems and improving the management of community-based and government-owned wastewater service providers. It is also expected to increase access to sanitation services by households in the project area.

The Technical Assistance Projects will be implemented in 2012. The Ministry of Public Works and the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) will be responsible to implement the technical assistance activities.

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