Chief Mtshane in Indonesia for water forum Chief Mtshane Khumalo

Sikhumbuzo Moyo, [email protected]

NATIONAL Council of Chiefs president and senator, Chief Mtshane Khumalo, is attending the 10th World Water Forum in Indonesia. 

The event started yesterday and runs until tomorrow, and is the world’s largest gathering on water, held every three years. 

Organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) under the theme “Water for Shared Prosperity”, the Forum brings together global water experts and notable decision-makers to address urgent water-related issues collaboratively. Parliamentarians from around the world will promote necessary legislation to tackle water scarcity and enhance cooperation to expand access to safe water. 

Additionally, they will work towards mobilising action on water for global security and prosperity.

In an interview, Chief Mtshane expressed his excitement at participating in the event, citing the critical need for discussions on water conservation, most pressing given the challenges posed by climate change.

“I am in Indonesia for the water forum where we will be discussing several issues to do with water conservation at a time the world is also faced with climate change challenges,” said Chief Mtshane.

In his opening remarks, Indonesian President Joko Widodo lauded the Balinese Subak Irrigation System, which was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2012 due to its historical, cultural, and ecological significance. 

President Widodo emphasised how Indonesian culture attached immense value to water and its spiritual and cultural values management. 

“The Indonesian people attach cultural value to water, including the Subak system in Bali, which has been practiced since the 11th century and is recognised as a world heritage site,” he said.

“Moreover, for the Balinese, water is a wealth that contains spiritual and cultural values that must be managed together,” said President Widodo.


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