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(Dec 04, 2012) On December 3, 2012, Indonesia and South Korea concluded an agreement to restore the
According to a study done by staff of the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment, there are various sources for the river's pollution, including waste from industry and households, plus usage of the land in the upstream area of the riverbed, all of which have "poured copious amount[s] of waste and pollution" into the river. (Maulyani Djadjadilaga, Hermono Sigit, & Aksa Tejalaksana, From Data to Policy (Ciliwung River Water Quality Management), at 1, The 3rd WEPA International Forum on Water Environmental Governance in Asia (Oct. 23-24, 2008),Water Environment Partnership in Asia website.)
Yoo suggested that South Korea is a natural partner in this work, stating, "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." (Indonesia, South Korea Commit to $10m Ciliwung Restoration, supra.)
Kambuaya added that he hoped this project would become a model for the restoration of the health of 13 other rivers in Indonesia that are now polluted. (
Numerous past programs and policies have failed as yet to clean up the Ciliwung. Firdaus Ali, an environmental engineering lecturer at the
Kambuaya commented on Ali's suggestions, agreed that progress had not been made under past programs, but proposed that a new policy of treating the river as six segments that local officials would manage could be effective. (
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Environmental protection More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Indonesia More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 12/04/2012