Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government’s plan of relocating its capital city from Jakarta to the eastern region of Kalimantan Island is perceived as a potential for the nation to develop a green city from scratch.

Project Lead for Sustainable Landscape of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Indonesia, Benjamin Tular, opined that Indonesia had yet to have in place a proper green city that was planned as one.

“The decision to relocate the capital city and create a new one can be a potential for Indonesia to develop a green city, starting from the planning phase,” he stated in Jakarta, Thursday.

Tular stated, adding that environmental services played a major role in the strategic environmental planning.

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He further affirmed that Indonesia already had safeguards in place to make the right decision that can reduce the negative impacts of the relocation.

“We will then see whether Indonesia is serious in implementing these safeguards,” he stated, adding that involvement of all stakeholders, including people, was deemed necessary in ensuring that such safeguards are being applied accordingly.

The GGGI is an international organization promoting the development of green growth by collaborating with country members.

Green growth refers to an economic development approach that simultaneously considers the full range of economic, natural, and social values in order to ensure that growth is good for the economy, planet and people.

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