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Jakarta homes in on creating green spaces to mitigate flooding

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 28, 2020   /  01:58 pm
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Park benches line a paved walkway in the green space around Ria Rio Reservoir in Pulomas, East Jakarta.(kompas.com via wartakota.tribunnews.com/Stanly Ravel)

The Jakarta administration plans to create 55 new green spaces covering 271,653 square meters this year to help absorb runoff from the heavy rainstorms that have battered the city. In Central Jakarta, the administration plans to build a 5,003-square-meter park in Rawasari subdistrict and a 900 sqm park in Harapan Mulya subdistrict, according to Mila Ananda, the head of the Central Jakarta Park and Forestry Agency. The agency is allocating Rp 1 billion (US$72,105) for the Rawasari park project and Rp 3.5 billion for the Harapan Mulya park project. "Green spaces are a solution to mitigate flooding and the impacts of extreme rainfall," Mila told The Jakarta Post by phone on Tuesday. "We don't have records on the actual impacts, but floodwaters in those neighborhoods that have green ...