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Jakarta needs to step up efforts or environmental woes may get worse in 2020: activists

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 10, 2020   /  01:44 pm
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Residents try to save their belongings amid the floods that struck Jl. Jatinegara Barat in Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta on Jan. 2.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

With the persistent problems of air pollution, waste, lack of zoning plans for coastal areas, as well as massive flooding that hit the capital city at the beginning of this year, Jakarta is in the midst of an ecological crisis that will only get worse if stakeholders do little to improve the environment, a group of environmentalists has warned. A restoration campaigner for the Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Forum of the Environment (Walhi), Rehwinda Naibaho, raised concerns that with the current trend, Jakarta may face a worsening environmental crisis in 2020. “We project that people in Jakarta will still have to deal with pollution,” Rehwinda said in a discussion on Wednesday. She pointed out that water pollution remained a persistent problem in the city, citing data from Jakarta Environment Agency that found rivers and lakes in the city were consistently po...