OSM 2011: Rise to the Water Challenge

November 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia

The sixth Open Science Meeting (OSM) ‘Rise to the Water Challenge’ was held on the 28th and 29th of November 2011 where an international scientific forum was brought together to present comparative cases and practices from Indonesia, elsewhere in Southeast Asia and India, relating changes in water systems to:

  • Biomass and ecosystems
  • Public health
  • Socioeconomic development

Why 'Rise to the water challenge'?

Water, biomass (for food and energy), nutrients and space are among the most important life resources and are closely regulated by water systems and water circulation. All living organisms depend on these resources. The quantity and the form in which they are available, used and reused determine to a significant extent the functioning of the world’s ecosystems. These resources are vital for human survival, and only little economic and other development can take place without adequate supplies. However, in many places, water systems and water circulation are being seriously disrupted, upsetting the provision of important ecosystem functions and services with uncertain outcomes for human societies and economic development. Integrated and interdisciplinary assessments are needed to understand the interdependence of natural resources and the components that make up water systems for viable long-term resource management.


The overall programme consisted of:

Day 1: Exploring Water System Change: Drivers of resource availability, ecosystem functions and society

What are the urgent challenges in assessing water system change? How can we understand changes in water systems by relating them to the central themes of biomass and ecosystems, public health and socioeconomic development?

Day 2: Kalimantan Tides: Balancing conservation and exploitation

What lessons can be learnt from ‘Kalimantan Tides’ and what can Kalimantan learn from India, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries by assessing their best practices in balancing conservation and exploitation?
Around the two plenary days OSM Master classes on different themes have been organised at several locations in the archipelago.

More information

Archive OSM-2011