Cita-Citarum: For A Better Citarum

Over the past several years, Government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) participated in a series of dialogue leading to preparation of the Citarum Roadmap, a strategic plan of priority programs to improve water resources management and restore the environment in the river basin. Close to 80 interventions have been identified with an estimated cost of approximately $3.5 billion, from various financial scheme; government budget, private sector, also communities contribution sequenced over a next 15-year time frame.

The Citarum Roadmap needs a comprehensive, multi-sector and integrated approach to understanding and solving the complex problems of water and related land resources in the river basin.

Vision :
The government and community working together
for clean, healthy, and productive catchments and rivers,
bringing sustainable benefits to all people
of the Citarum River Basin.


Main Principle of Program Implementation

Implementation of the program is through coordination and stakeholder consultation. Top priority are given to the Community participation to determine their priorities, program design and implementation of programs.

The Government is preparing to implement Project 1 of the Integrated Citarum Water Resources Management Investment Program (ICWRMIP), The executing agency of Project 1 is the Directorate General of Water Resources, Ministry of Public Works through the Balai Besar Wilayah Sungai Citarum (BBWSC) in close coordination with other related ministries and institution, in national, provincial and district level.

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Integrated Water Resources Management

The water resources of the rivers and groundwater systems in the Citarum River Basin are critical to social and economic development of the country. They are essential for urban and industrial development (particularly in Jakarta and Bandung areas) including export industry, agricultural production through major irrigation systems, rural water supplies, electricity generation though hydropower, and fisheries.


Citarum At Glance


Citarum is the longest and largest river in West Java Province. At 297 kilometers in length, the river originates from its headwater in Situ Cisanti located at the foot of Mount Wayang, which lies to the south of the city of Bandung, and empties into the southern coast of the Island of Java or precisely at Muara Gembong in Bekasi District.

The Citarum boasts various potentials which play a critical role in a social, cultural and economic life of people. Not only is the river beneficial to 44.55 millions of West Java population (2012 BPS data), it also provides water sources for urban population in the capital Jakarta, agricultural irrigation, fisheries, water supply for industrial productions as well as hydroelectric power plants whose electricity output is distributed across the Islands of Java and Bali. In accordance with the Presidential Decree number 12 in the year 2012 on River Basin Territories, Citarum River Basin is divided into 19 (nineteen) watershed areas and is classified as a national strategic river basin. It is coded as WS 02.06.A3.


Over the last two decades, the degradation of the Citarum has been occurring from its upstream to downstream reaches. The rapid expansion in both demographic and socioeconomic sectors, which has not gone parallel with conservation efforts, brings additional problems to the Citarum.

The deterioration in environmental quality of the Citarum has affected people living along its riverbanks, both in rural and urban areas. Almost in every wet season, incidents of flooding threaten various areas within West Java. The river water pollution due to industrial and agricultural productions has reached a dangerous level and poses a threat to public health and livelihoods.

Citarum Needs Our Care

Do You Care?



We are now making a comprehensive identification and documentation on all public initiatives in showing their care for Citarum River. This is expected to result in an integrated rehabilitation process from the upstream to downstream reaches of the river, a well developed rehabilitation planning and implementation as well as a prevention of overlapping activities.

If You Are an Institution or Organization

If your institution or organization works within any initiative to care for Citarum River, you may help by informing us about the activities of your institution/organization. You can reach us at Kontak Citarum.    

If You Are Academicians

In an attempt to improve our database and to complete the database of Citarum Knowledge Centre, we have collected numerous studies to enhance our knowledge about the Citarum River. If you consider your research or study may complement our database center and contribute to an enhancement of information to support the planning and policy formulation on Citarum River management, you can reach us at  Kontak Citarum.