Department of Water Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya (FT-UB) held International Conference of Water Resources Development and Environmental Protection (ICWRDEP), an international seminar on water resources development and environmental protection. This event was held for two days, 5 – 6 June 2015 located in 2nd floor Auditorium of Prof. Ir. Suryono The Dean Building of FT-UB.
The seminar was opened by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Mohammad Bisri, MS and began with an opening speech that presents four keynote speakers from abroad, followed by a presentation by the speakers as much as 40 papers from a total of 130 papers that were entered proceedings process. The four keynotes present were:
- Prof. Satoru Oishi (Kobe University, Japan)
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faridahbinti Othman (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia)
- Prof. Tsuyoshi Imai (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
- Prof. Ir. Dr. Amir Hashim bin Mohd Kassim (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia)
The seminar was expected to provide a scientific forum for public discussion of water resources, in particular also graduate student and doctoral field of water resources. Starting from increasing land degradation and reduced carrying capacity of the environment, this seminar can be expected to bring the latest technological developments and methods in efforts to manage water resources and environmental engineering.
According to the Head of the Department of Water Engineering FT-UB Ir. Moch. Sholichin, MT., PhD., the problems of water resources development and environmental protection are not only felt in Indonesia, but also in the world. The difference is that water treatment plants in several countries such as Malaysia and Japan is more advanced than in Indonesia. If seen from its natural state, Kuala Lumpur city also passed the great river, the Klang River. But the river is different from some rivers in Indonesia such as the Brantas River and Ciliwung River, which has been polluted and looked dirty.
“Klang River is much cleaner because the water waste has been orderly managed. Although both river pass through the capital, but it cleanliness still can be controlled,” said Sholichin, the alumni of the University of Malaya, Malaysia.
It also expected that with this international seminar they can start a joint researches with universities in Malaysia and Japan that will propitious in the water resource development. The seminar was attended by several universities in Indonesia, including ITB, ITS, Diponegoro University, University of Lampung, Padjadjaran University, Polytechnic Padang, Jember University and several other universities.
ICWRDEP is an international seminar which will be held every two years. For 2015, this activity was led by Dr. Eng. Tri Budi Prayogo, ST, MT., it has 40 participants from both domestic and Asia universities with 13o papers which are published in the proceedings and divided into three themes “Environmental Engineering and Water Technology”, “Water Science and Engineering “, and “Integrated Water System and Governance”.