Jakarta plans to add more green spaces in buffer zones

Jakarta plans to add more green spaces in buffer zones

Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria speaking to reporters at Jakarta City Hall on Monday (November 15, 2021). (ANTARA/Dewa Ketut Sudiarta Wiguna/KT)

It is impossible to reach 30 percent (urban green spaces target) in Jakarta. But it is possible in Depok, Tangerang, or Bekasi because they have many wide lands
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Jakarta is planning to expand urban green spaces (RTH) to buffer zones due to land limitations and population density, which are hindering the achievement of the 30-percent RTH target, the Deputy Governor has said.

"We all want to reach the RTH target based on the provisions, but what needs to be understood is that Jakarta is very dense (densely populated)," Ahmad Riza Patria observed at Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday.

According to Patria, Jakarta is not only densely populated, but all activities, such as government, politics, economy, business, and social, and cultural, are centered around it.

Therefore, the Jakarta provincial government has decided to include buffer zones in Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Bodetabek) in the program, he informed.

"We want to share some programs with Bodetabek. We have discussed this and hope that the urban green space can be expanded and added around the city of Jakarta," Patria explained.


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Earlier, the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning / National Land Agency (ATR / BPN) planned to move the target of green open spaces in Jakarta to Puncak, Bogor, he noted.

The refocusing of RTH to Bogor was aimed at overcoming the problem of flooding in the capital city and ensuring environmental improvements in the upstream region, he explained.

The plan was announced by the Minister of ATR / BPN, Sofyan A Djalil, at the commemoration of National Agrarian and Spatial Day (HANTARU) 2021 last week. The plan is part of a collaboration to save the Puncak area, Djalil said.

Citing the BPN website, he said Jakarta's green open spaces that are still far from the target will be evaluated so their fulfillment can be realized in the Puncak area.

"How do we manage Puncak? If we work together, I will change the rules on Jakarta's RTHs," Djalil remarked when opening the talk show 'Collaboration in Saving Puncak, Bogor' in Jakarta on November 5, 2021.

Meanwhile, chairman of Commission D of the Jakarta Legislative Bodies, Ida Mahmudah, noted that green open spaces in the city only reached 9.2 percent of the 30-percent target.

"It is impossible to reach 30 percent (urban green spaces target) in Jakarta. But it is possible in Depok, Tangerang, or Bekasi because they have many wide lands," Mahmudah said. 

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