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Jakarta Post

‘River schools’ aim to boost preservation, stop floods

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Sat, September 24 2016   /  09:02 am

In a bid to raise public awareness on the importance of rivers and how to deal with floods, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is developing river education centers, known as “river schools”, in flood-prone regions.

Once the public understands the importance of rivers, it will be easier to convince them to take part in river preservation programs.

The latest education center opened for the public is a river school in Sewu subdistrict, Jebres, Surakarta. The center was officially opened by the agency’s disaster risk reduction director Lilik Kurniawan.

Lilik said 23 regencies had established river schools so far and 50 others were expected to be established next year.

“We will continue this movement to preserve rivers,” Lilik said on Friday.

He added that the schools were expected to help improve people’s awareness on the importan...