Aksi Brantas

research-based action for a clean and healthy river

The Brantas Affiliation for Water Quality Management, otherwise known as Aksi Brantas,

is a public-private partnership that supports inclusive growth, health, and equity

by mainstreaming water quality in Brantas River basin management.


Pressing sustainability challenges face the Brantas River and its tributaries in East Java, Indonesia. Pollution from industries, households, urban runoff, and agriculture threatens water and food security, public health, livelihoods, tourism, and biodiversity. The complex challenges of integrated water quality  management are magnified by resource limitations and the uncertainties of climate change.

Turning the tide ​requires the combined efforts of government, communities, industry, youth, and researchers.
The Affiliation for Water Quality Management - or "Aksi Brantas" - is a collaboration of change-makers
working to strengthen water quality governance, inspire community action for river health, promote adoption of innovative technologies, and improve the availability of water quality data for planning and pollution control. 

The partnership aims for strengthened participative processes, increased cost-effectiveness, and strengthened coordination in existing Brantas water quality policy, planning, and implementation.

Objectives / Milestones:

  • Formulation of an Integrated Water Quality Management Plan based on a shared problem analysis, including specification of water quality objectives and targets and guidelines for inclusive and equitable participation

  • Design and implementation of a comprehensive joint water quality monitoring database 

  • Establishment of a Brantas Water Quality Platform and Clean Industry hub


Information is power

Water quality monitoring is essential to gathering reliable, informative data for effective water resource management. By monitoring chemical, biological, and other water quality indicators, government, researchers, and citizen scientists are gathering important information to support spatial and strategic planning, detect and respond to pollution incidents, and inform decisions

related to conservation, service provision, and environmental compliance.

Our work is strengthening the monitoring network, tapping into new sources of data, and translating hydrological and water quality science into policy action.

Innovation is action

Our work brings stakeholders from industry, universities, government, and NGOs together to explore innovative and cost-effective solutions for wastewater management and new models of corporate social responsibility. Our clean industry movement is supported by government and business aims to match technologies and management practices with the particular needs of industries in the Brantas.


Citizens are changemakers

Improving the health of water resources requires strong engagement with communities. Our work aims to strengthen community efforts to manage solid waste and domestic wastewater, participate in government planning and budgeting for water quality, contribute important citizen science, and develop new community-based solutions to water quality management.

Water quality demands good governance

Water quality management is not yet sufficiently integrated in river basin management in Indonesia. Our work involves strengthening government planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation to promote improved water quality management.

These initiatives involve active dialogue, policy research, capacity-building, and the negotiation of institutional changes to strengthen coordination, service provision, decision-making, and the active engagement of communities. 


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