Yogyakarta, November 8th 2017- International Program of Government Affairs and Administration (IGOV-UMY) cooperated with Environmental Council of Muhammadiyah Central Board and Regional House of Representatives hold Focus Group Discussion on the current highlighted issue in Indonesia, water resources statute plan. Taken place in Muhammadiyah central board building in November 6th 2017, the discussion joined by expertise, academicians, practitioners and opened for media to expose the discussion.

The chairman of Muhammadiyah environmental council, Prof. Dr. Muhjiddin Mawardi, M.Eng, explained that this Focus Group Discussion will repeatedly held which hopefully produce a recommendation to the government and house of representatives.

During the discussion, Mr. Eko Priyo Purnomo,M.Res, Ph.D leads the discussion and strike to the discussion topic which invites the professors to criticize the statute planning on water resources. The water resources statute planning seems to have a lot of shortages in contents as mentioned by the professors including Prof. Dr. Totok Gunawan, M.S who criticize and made a draft of recommendation toward the statute in term of water resources management authority and conservations.

“The water resources statute plan involving the government and local government but unfortunately, it is unclear in definitions and still not concrete in authority distribution for example inter-state river, inter-provinces river, and inter-city/district river, which the same with previous statute number 7 year 2004 in which the authority still centralized” Mr. Totok explained.

The Forum Group Discussion regarding the issue of water resources statute plan held in regards of the current situation that there is no statute plan discussion after previous statute plan enter the judicial review. All of the main article(s) in statute number 7 year 2007 about water resources recommended by Muhammadiyah central board in 2014 ignored by Constitution Court. The statute itself still has no guarantee toward management limitation and commercialization by private, countering the constitution.

The discussion attended by Prof Sunyoto, Prof. Suratman, Dr Trisno Rahardjo, Dr Yeni Widyowati , Dr prabang, Dr Tasdiyanto, and environmental activists. (hh)