Indonesia ensures top security for water forum against nuclear threats


JAKARTA (Bernama): Indonesia's Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) has guaranteed the smooth and safe organisation of the 10th World Water Forum from today until May 25, protecting it from radioactive and nuclear threats.

The agency is tasked with carrying out initial mapping of environmental radioactivity and detection around the event venues with assistance from the Presidential Security team.

"BAPETEN is securing the forum as a major public event to prevent any misuse of radioactive substances for terror purposes," said its director of technical support and nuclear emergency preparedness, Zulkarnain.

He said in a statement that security arrangements began on May 16 with the mapping of background radiation levels at several forum venues and other vital locations.

The mapping aims to obtain data on environmental radioactivity values under normal conditions so that any increase that exceeds set limits and could disrupt the forum can be addressed promptly.

"As we know, security threats using radioactive substances have become a real threat worldwide, including in Indonesia," Zulkarnain added, noting that 10 personnel equipped with various detection equipment were deployed.

The equipment includes backpack spectrometers (spectrometer AT6101C), radiation survey meters (RadEye PRD), contamination survey meters (RadEye B-20), nuclide identification tools, and personal dosimeters.

The forum, held every three years and jointly organised by the World Water Council and the host country, aims to foster global collaborative relationships and promote joint action in addressing new and emerging water management issues through integrated solutions. - Bernama

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