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Jakarta Post

Urbanists: Creativity, innovation necessary for more green in cities

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 16, 2019   /  06:19 pm
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Urban escape: A family enjoys the view of a small waterfall in the Hutan Kota (Urban Forest) at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sport complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, in this file photo. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

Sluggish progress on expanding public green spaces in Jakarta reflects not only a lack of political will on the part of the administration but also a need for private parties to make land available, experts have said. Jakarta currently spares only 10 percent of its land for green open space (RTH), a far cry from the 30 percent national law requires by 2030. The 2007 Spatial Planning Law stipulates that every city designate at least 30 percent of its total land area to RTH. To share the burden of achieving that, it prescribes that each city make available 20 percent and private enterprises or individuals 10 percent of the designated breathing space. The city administration’s apparent unwillingness to acquire land has given rise to pessimism about the odds of Jakarta setting aside 30 percent of its 661.5 square kilometers of land for public open spaces. Niken Prawestiti, ...