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Jakarta Post

Time to go green, or wait 680 years to achieve target

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 28 2009   /  11:38 am

The city needs to make some breakthroughs to expand green areas by using idle spaces such as riverbanks, strips along railway lines and under elevated roads, experts said Thursday.   Without this, the 14 percent green-area target citywide could only be reached in 680 years, considering the present expansion rate of green space is only 4 hectares per year, said Nirwono Joga, from
Indonesian Landscape Architecture Study Group.   The city targets to designate 14 percent of Jakarta to green areas by 2010.Out of the 14 percent, the city has only designated 9.97 percent, equivalent to 6,826 hectares and thus still has around 4 percent or 2,700 hectares to identify. “If we calculate the 2,700 hectares with an expansion rate of 4 hectares per year, the target will only be reached in 680 years,” Nirwono said during a discussion on green spaces. The city’s target is s...