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Jakarta Post

Green Map aims to take Jakartans to water

  • Desy Nurhayati


JAKARTA   /   Mon, June 29 2009   /  12:32 pm

Volunteers from the Jakarta Green Map community have encouraged city residents to explore the potentials of natural and artificial lakes and dams in Greater Jakarta, by launching a map that highlights them. The map points out the locations of 30 lakes and dams in Jakarta, and at least 25 lakes and dams in the capital's satellite cities. The group initiated the mapmaking project in April, in the wake of the Situ Gintung dam burst in March, which killed nearly 100 residents and destroyed hundreds of homes. "The Situ Gintung tragedy has sent a clear message to us: never ignore nature," Jakarta Green Map coordinator Nirwono Joga said last week at the launch of the new map at the Srengseng city forest in West Jakarta. "Lakes and dams have contributed much as sources of water, as well as to control flooding and serve as recreational places, so it's ...