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Model development for integrated utilization of land-water interactive resource systems in the coastal part of the citarum watershed

Chairul Muluk, Ngadiono, Koesoebiono, and Soeratno Partoatmodjo


A watershed is a natural ecosystem which is separated topographically from adjacent watersheds. As a system the watershed may be divided into three sub-systems, namely the upland, lowland, and coastal sub-systems which have the following major functions:

  1. the upland sub-system as the main water catchment and flow regulator,
  2. the lowland sub-system as the main water distributor and water consumer, and
  3. the coastal sub-system as a water-based resource system.

Being connected, the condition of the resources in the coastal sub-system is affected by the resource utilization decisions made in the two upper sub-systems of the watershed Furthermore, resource utilization in the coastal sub-system is affected not only by the influx of freshwater channelled through both natural and man-made channel systems into the area, but also by the marine system.

The boundary between the upland and the lowland subsystems is the "reservoir belt," which is a line connecting the lowest location above sea-level potential for reservoir constructions. The boundary between the lower and the coastal sub-systems is difficult to identify and is assumed to be the line connecting the locations potentially affected by salt intrusion.

Based on the land-use in the coastal part of the Citarum watershed, four agricultural production systems, namely food and cash crop agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, and forestry, can be identified. These production systems can be termed the agro-ecosystem in which land-water interaction plays an important role. Response of the agro-ecosystem is affected by the state of interaction among these four components. The output of the agro-ecosystem in the coastal zone is a result of the interaction of the agro-ecosystem, human resources (social, cultural conditions", and the technological and economic conditions prevailing in the area.

Therefore, determining strategies to optimize resource use aimed at providing the majority of the people with basic necessities beyond their minimal sustenance level involves manipulating the agro-ecosystem, human resources, and the technological and capital inputs.

Theoretical Framework

In developing the coastal part of the Citarum watershed it is imperative that integrated development of three components, i.e., the agro ecosystem, human resources, and capital and technological aspects, should be achieved.


The agro-ecosystem is the agricultural production system and comprises four components: food and cash agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, and forestry. Among the components, the interaction through land is a matter of competition for space, while within each component the landwater interaction may affect, adversely or Positively, its production process. However, among the components water acts as an integrator due to its ability to flow from one to the other. Besides these interactions, the possibility exists for inter-component man induced interactions (Fig. 2). Figure 1 shows the theoretically derived interactions among components.

Human resources

Human resources are the part of a society which has the potential or actual capability to manage available natural resources within the system to provide sufficient products and conditions to sustain or improve the livelihood of that society. The efficiency or productivity of the human resources in achieving these objectives is determined by three major characteristics, namely, the quality and quantity of the human resources, and the social institutions. Improvements in quality may be achieved through training and education, nutrition, etc. Creation of better employment opportunities and wages will increase the productivity of available human resources, while the social institutions can promote the capability to innovate and to participate in supporting development programmes (Fig. 3). Ultimately, manipulation of these activities creates better chances of achieving improvement in the quality of life and the distribution of income per capita.

FIG.1. Theoretical land - water interactions in the agro - ecosystem ( - = transferred through water; * = man - induced)

FIG. 2. The agro - ecosystem

FIG. 3. Development strategies in human resources (Hidayat 1979, modified)

FIG. 4. Theoretical interactions between the agro-ecosystem, human resources, and technology and capital in the coastal part of the Citanum watershed

Technology and capital

Technology applied to and capital needed in resource utilization should be relevant to conditions of the existing human and natural resources, should increase the efficiency of the activities to obtain beneficial outputs, and should minimize the harmful or non-utilizable outputs of each process. Both technology and capital may already exist as a part of the human resources or may be introduced into the system.

Interaction of the major components

Interactions of the three major components related to integrated development of resource utilization in the coastal part of the Citarum watershed are shown in Figure 4. This figure describes the activities or decisions in resource (agroecosystem) utilization or exploitation in obtaining products and making them available directly or indirectly to the society. It also describes the decisions or activities needed to improve the productivity of the human resource and the capability to sustain or improve the resource base, which will provide not only the society's needs but also improved environmental conditions.

These decisions or activities require a certain level of input of available or introduced technology and capital. The result of interactions occurring in the system forms the output of the systems and this will affect other systems

Management strategies

Based on the foregoing discussions it can be stated that development strategies are aimed at improving conditions of the coastal part of the Citarum watershed. Indicators of improved conditions of the coastal part of the Citarum watershed are among others increased production and minimized waste of the agro-ecosystem, and improved social and economic levels of the society.

Therefore, the development strategies are decisions or activities which will simultaneously increase production and improve the social and ecological conditions. These decisions are among others exploitation, handling, processing and recycling, distribution, regeneration, rehabilitation, conservation, education, technology and capital, protection, and aesthetics (see Fig. 4). These expressions may be formulated as follows:


St = St-1 + ft (St-1, dt)

subject to

dt = decisions or activities,

(social development),

(ecological development),


St = production in period t
ft = function in period t
dt = (d1, d2,...,dn) = vector of decision variables

Description of the Coastal Part of the Citarum Watershed


The coastal part of the Citarum watershed covers an area around 351 km². It forms a relatively flat area, with slopes of less than 5 per cent, the highest elevation being 2 m above sea level. Ninety-five per cent of the area has poor drainage and low water-infiltration capability. The land capability for crop production is identified as good, and the prevailing soil type (96 per cent) is alluvial.

The distribution for agriculture-related land-use amounts to:

agriculture: 17.5 %
forest: 46.6 %
aquaculture: 15.5 %
swamps: 17.6 %

The remaining ±3 per cent is the area used for human settlements.

Based on Oldeman's classification the agroclimatic type prevailing in the area is type E, with one to two wet months (rainfall greater than 200 mm) (Fig. 5). The average annual rainfall is 1,300 mm.

The water available in the area is used not only for agricultural purposes (in the broadest sense of the word) but also for domestic purposes. Aside from rainfall, the water supply is provided through channel systems from the Citarum River (Fig. 6). Specifically in the case of coastal aquaculture, sea water is provided through natural and manmade channel systems using tides as a driving factor (Fig. 7).

The population density in the area is 360 persons/km², and the population (1975) is 126,404, out of which 61 per cent forms the potential labour force, composed of 44 per cent males and 56 per cent females. The average annual population increase rate, estimated from 1971 to 1975, is 2.6 per cent.

Formal education is offered through general and religious primary schools. The latter are involved not only with religious and general education but also with vocational education relevant to the conditions in the area. Children can enter school from age six, but only 15 per cent of those eligible receive primary education. Rural social institutions such as village cooperative units are involved in the capital raising and technology dissemination necessary for resource exploitation, processing, and distribution activities, and also for sustaining and improving the resource base and the environmental conditions.

In general it can be stated that only in the field of agriculture, through government programmes, is the application of improved technology (e.g., the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and high-yielding and pest-resistant varieties) relatively intensive. This is also true in the case of making available the capital needed to obtain the technology. However, traditional technology and capital formation institutions are already rooted in the society of the area and should be considered in development.

The agro-ecosystems

1. Agriculture

Rice fields, of which 68 per cent are irrigated, constitute 80 per cent of the agricultural land of the area. The land capability of the area is identified to be good for the development of cash and food-crop agriculture. However, its topography, soil conditions, and elevation cause problems in its development. Sedimentation of drainage canals causes floods during the rainy season, and makes this area unsuitable for agriculture in the following season. The area is also potentially exposed to sodium hazards. However, improvement of channels, both irrigation and drainage channels, will increase the ricefield area. In addition, the use of fertilizers and pesticides increases the annual rice production per ha from 3.3 to 4.0 T. However, the poor infrastructure in the area limits the distribution of pesticides and fertilizers. Only 24 per cent of the farmers are exposed to these inputs.

Co-operative units and other institutions involved in processing and distribution of products are also involved in providing capital, pesticides, and fertilizers to the farmers.

FIG. 5. Climatic types in the downstream part of the Citarum watershed

FIG. 6. Kabupaten (County) Karawang irrigation network (1977)

FIG. 7. Types of potential aquatic resource utilization in Kabupaten (County) Karawang (1977)

2. Aquaculture

The condition of the area available for aquaculture only permits the development of brackish-water aquaculture, which is also termed tambak culture. The greater part (60 per cent) of the tambak culture is executed with the tumpangsari method in the mangrove forest.

Areas exposed to floods which become unsuitable for agriculture and recently accreted areas are potential areas for tambak culture. However, where improvements of irrigation and drainage channels are made, increasing the rice-field area and also areas exposed to marine erosion, the area of the tambak tends to decrease. The average annual production of the tambak ranges from 130 kg/ha to 200 kg/ha. This low productivity reflects the simple, traditional technology used and the insufficiency of both capital for proper care and seeds for the production process.

3 Animal husbandry

The animal husbandry in the area involves the raising of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry (chickens and ducks). Large animals with a density of 0.3 head/ha are mainly used as draught animals in soil preparation. Piggeries are restricted to farmers of Chinese origin, and wastes from this activity are used in dry-land food-crop cultivation. Waste and by-products from the agriculture components form the principal feed for the animals raised.

Water supplies available in the area may be unsuitable for this production process, especially during dry spells. Vaccination and improvement of breed are conducted to increase the productivity of poultry and cattle.

4. Forestry

Mangrove forest forms the principal forest of the area, and it provides energy in the form of firewood for the inhabitants in the surrounding area. In mangrove areas land accretion is promoted and becomes an area of conflict of interest. The local inhabitants tend to transform this area into tambak, while the Forestry Service and the local government tend to preserve the area as a forest. However, there are concessions made to the local inhabitants to practice aquaculture using the tumpangsari method.

Programmes to rehabilitate and create a green belt along the shore have been established. Difficulties in implementing these programmes are caused by conflict of interest and ecological conditions inherent in certain localities (e.g., marine erosion caused by strong sea currents and wave action).

Alternative Decisions in Coastal Area Development

At the present stage of the study, the data base constructed from primary and secondary sources is not large enough for the important decisions on integrated utilization of the area's resources that are aimed at increasing production and improving the social and ecological conditions of the area. Therefore, the existing conditions as stated in the foregoing section and the reasoning behind the qualitative models expressed in Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4 were taken as the basis for the formulation of hypothetical decisions leading to the stated objectives.

These decisions are categorized as follows:

1. Decisions within the agro-ecosystem to increase production This category includes those decisions that are based on the interactions as shown in Figure 2. Thus, examples of decisions are

  • maximize wafer enrichment
  • minimize eutrophication, residual effects of pesticides, and aquatic-weed infestation
  • maximize nutrient exchange between land and water

2. Decisions related to exploitation e.g.

  • land-use allocation for agro-ecosystems
  • optimization of exploitation level

3. Decisions related to handling e.g.

  • improvement of harvest and post-harvest techniques to minimize losses

4. Decisions related to processing e.g.

  • improvement of harvested products to increase the quality and marketability of the products

5. Decisions related to distribution e.g.

  • improvement of distribution institutions
  • improvement of accessibility to markets

6. Decisions within the society

Within this category are decisions aimed at improvement of ideas, activity, and productivity of human resources through

  • training and education programmes
  • improvement of health and nutrition conditions
  • creation of employment opportunities

7. Decisions related to regeneration, rehabilitation, and conservation of the agro-ecosystem e.g.

  • laws and regulations related to rehabilitation and conservation of the agro-ecosystem

8. Decisions related to recycling of supplementary outputs e.g.

  • maximize recycling processes and minimize effects of wastes

9. Decisions related to protection and aesthetics e.g.

  • laws and regulations related to the protection of the agro-ecosystems and the improvement of the aesthetics of the environment

10. Decisions for the mobilization of technology, capital, and human resources from outside the coastal sub-system e.g.

  • laws and regulations

Additional field work and data collection are necessary to

  1. verify the present models as presented in Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4;
  2. verify the above-mentioned decision categories;
  3. verify the type and degree of interactions existing in the area, and existing constraints.

Based on this information a set of decision alternatives can be formulated as a basis for developing a model for integrated resource utilization in the area. This model should become the guideline in resource utilization which minimizes wastes and maximizes production for each time span decided, and within existing constraints.


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Burgers: Please explain the use and ownership of these resources.

Muluk: The use of water for aquaculture purposes is regulated by water resources regulations issued since the Dutch colonial period. Although disposal of waste into the water system is prohibited, we actually have no law yet. Piggeries cannot be located near the water system area due to religious reasons. On the ownership system we have land reform, which stated that one person cannot own more than 2 ha of land, but the water is public property. As you know, the accretion rate of land is very fast, particularly in the north coast of Java. The question is who owns that new land, the government or the people?

Hehuwat: Accretion is rapid, and no cadastral map exists, but strictly speaking, the new land up to a certain distance inland from the coastline is owned by the government. If we apply strictly the government law on the new area, then there will be a conflict with the local people.

Bird: Please explain the tumpangsari method.

Muluk: It is a system where the mangrove forest and aquaculture can be in the same area, so that two crops are cultivated from the same land; a kind of multiple cropping.