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Jakarta Post

Fresh green ideas needed: Experts

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 2 2010   /  09:57 am

People often complain about scorching heat in Jakarta without realizing that the city has less than half the recommended number of trees it needs to provide shade and create fresh air.

Bambang Sulistyantara, a landscape architecture expert from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, said a city needs a 4-meter canopy of trees per person.

“The bigger the number of trees, the better they will absorb carbon, which will in turn reduce the heat,” he said.

Data from the city’s parks and cemetery agency shows that 4 million trees now grow in the city, about one tree for every two people in Jakarta, whose population exceeded 9.6 million this year

Agency chief Chatharina Suryowati said budget and space constraints prevented the agency from planting more trees. “We plan to plant 50,000 trees a year. However, this target has been hard to meet,” she said.