Indonesia, South Korea Commit to $10m Ciliwung Restoration
Indonesia and South Korea on Monday signed a new partnership that will see a $10 million restoration of Jakarta’s heavily polluted Ciliwung River undertaken.
The agreement was signed in Jakarta by Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya and his South Korean counterpart, Yoo Young Sook.
Rp 10 billion ($1.04 million) of the funds will come from the Indonesian government, and $9 million will be a grant from South Korean authorities.
“South Korea’s rapid industrialization has resulted in serious river pollution, such as in the case with the Han River. But we did restoration works on the river and have managed to handle the damages,” Yoo said after the signing.
Restoration works in the Greater Jakarta area will include the construction of domestic waste processing facilities and a center to educate people living along the banks of the Ciliwung.
Balthasar said the project, set to conclude in 2015, was expected to restore the functions of the Ciliwung, whose environmental conditions have been deteriorating since the 1960s.
“After that we hope the Ciliwung can be an icon [of Jakarta] … aside from Monas [the National Monument],” Balthasar said.
He added that the Ciliwung’s restoration was expected to serve as a model for the restoration efforts of 13 other polluted rivers across Indonesia.
The Ciliwung spans 120 kilometers and flows from mountainous Bogor, West Java, through Depok and Jakarta before emptying in Jakarta Bay.
Investor Daily & JG