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Posted: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:34
SEAMEO BIOTROP Held Round Table Discussion on ‘Optimization of Conservation and Utilization of Cascade Reservoir of Citarum River’ - 909 time(s) visited
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SEAMEO BIOTROP held the Round Table Discussion on ‘Optimization of Conservation and Utilization of Cascade Reservoir of Citarum River’ in Matoa Room of BIOTROP, Bogor last February 04, 2010.

Among the 56 participants were renowned experts and scientists from home and abroad. There were 20 papers presented from research institutions, experts, and reservoir managers. The papers were the research result on various aspects of the existence and condition of Cascade Reservoir of Citarum River.

Cascade Reservoir of Citarum River consists of Reservoir Saguling, Cirata, Jatiluhur, and Curug. Citarum River itself is the longest river in West Java, which reached 225 kilometers from Mount Wayang (Kabupaten Bandung) to Muara Gembong (Kabupaten Karawang and Bekasi).

Dr Sutrisno Sukimin, aquatic Ecologist from BIOTROP said that various research conducted by many institutions and experts, including by BIOTROP and reservoir managers, shows, silting up of the reservoirs has already happened and quite massive. Consequently, the water debit into and out from the reservoirs is getting smaller. It will decrease production of hydro electricity generated by PLTA Saguling, Cirata, and Jatiluhur.

SEAMEO BIOTROP Director, Dr Bambang Purwantara said the reservoir is one of the supporting lives which require its management efforts that can maintain, preserve, and restore the reservoir ecosystem by concerning to the diversity of its benefits and importance to the nature and human life.