Unud together with SYSTEMIQ supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway to Launch the Waste Management Map balipartnership.org

Denpasar - Tuesday (8/6/2021), at the Postgraduate Building Hall of Unud Sudirman Campus, Denpasar, Balipartnership.org Waste Management Map was launched "Improving Data-Based Waste Management in Bali" an initiative supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway in partnership with the University Udayana and SYSTEMIQ. The launch event was held offline and online through the Zoom application which was attended by the Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, the Director of Waste Management of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the SYSTEMIQ Team, the Rector of Unud, the Director of Postgraduates, the Head of the Faculty within the Unud, Representatives of the Environment and Forestry Service of the Province of Bali and Regency/City in Bali, Regional Research and Information Agency, Waste Management Organizations and NGOs in Bali, Bali Resik Partnership, TPST/3R Representatives and Waste Banks and students.

The Director of the Unud Postgraduate Program, Prof. I Putu Gede Adiatmika on the occasion said that this launch activity was held to coincide with World Ocean Day and was held in collaboration with SYSTEMIQ Indonesia and Udayana University by involving various stakeholders in the waste sector. After the launch, there will be presentations from researchers and practitioners working in waste management. The Director hopes that the launch of this website can increase public literacy in waste management and support the government in reducing waste generation, especially plastic waste.

Rector of Unud Prof. A.A Raka Sudewi in his speech conveyed that our participation is very important to participate in efforts to create a healthy, safe and comfortable earth for mankind through various competencies possessed. Waste data is very important, because it can provide information to all of us about the existing waste generation and various management efforts. Therefore, the Rector welcomed the efforts made by SYSTEMIQ together with Leed University and Udayana University as well as various stakeholders in the waste sector in building a data-based waste management platform. The Rector appreciated that this data-based waste management platform was the first in Bali and was given a website called balipartnership.org and hoped that the launch of this website with the main feature of interactive maps could support the commitment of the provincial governments of Bali and Indonesia in efforts to reduce waste.

On the occasion, SYSTEMIQ Partner Joi Danielson said that the focus of the SYSTEMIQ Team was to support the Government of Indonesia in increasing waste collection and stopping plastic and other environmental pollution with 45 team members. This platform will answer various questions that we need to know about waste such as the amount produced and recycled and how to manage waste. This platform can be used by anyone and is open to the public.

orwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Vegard Kaale said that the waste problem is a global problem and requires international cooperation to deal with it. Indonesia is one of the countries that accepts this challenge and President Jokowi has declared to reduce marine debris which shows Indonesia's strong commitment to have clean and healthy seas. In 2018 there was an international panel held by the Prime Minister of Norway consisting of 14 Heads of State, one of which was Indonesia. One of the steps forward recently proposed by Norway is to collaborate to produce global cooperation to reduce marine plastic waste. The balipartnership platform is a good project to support this.

Director of Waste Management at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Novrizal Tahar, on this occasion conveyed that the problem of waste is an important variable in tourism sustainability, especially in Bali. We must realize 100 percent waste management and of course the launch of this website is very important because it describes detailed data from upstream to downstream related to waste management. The Director expressed his appreciation for the launch of balipartnership.org and furthermore intensive collaboration should be supported.

In this launching activity, several resource persons were also delivered material, namely IB Mandhara Brasika, Founder of Griya Luhu, Lincoln Sihotang Program Manager for Bali Partnership SYSTEMIQ, Ni Made Widiasari, Bali Resik Partnership Coordinator, Dr. Costas Velis Chair of ISWA's Marine Litter Task Force, I Gede Hendrawan, Ph.D Head of CReSOS Unud and Nicolas Loncle Head of GIS-Spatial Intelligence Unit SYSTEMIQ.