Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



FROTH AND BUBBLE
New lease of life for Jakarta's once-filthy rivers
by Staff Writers
Jakarta (AFP) Jan 12, 2017


A group of children gathered on the banks of the Ciliwung river in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, staring into the water and casting nets to try to catch fish.

Such a scene would have been unthinkable several years ago on the major river, which used to be heavily polluted with stinking rubbish that blanketed the water's surface.

The waterways that criss-cross the teeming, overcrowded city of 10 million inhabitants are getting a new lease of life after the local government began a programme to dredge and widen them in 2014.

"Much has been achieved, our rivers used to be very filthy," Isnawa Adji, head of the Jakarta environment agency, told AFP.

The rivers have been a central part of life for many in Jakarta for years, particularly those living in the poor slum areas that have grown up alongside them.

It is common to see adults and children swimming in the filthy water to escape Indonesia's searing, tropical heat, and small, wooden boats navigating the waterways.

As well as ridding Jakarta's 14 rivers of rubbish, authorities have pushed a programme of evictions to clear housing alongside the waterways, allowing them to be widened.

This is aimed at easing the floods that inundate Jakarta every year during the months-long rainy season but has also proved controversial, with activists accusing the government of tearing communities apart by forcing families from their homes.

Most of the main rivers have now been cleared of rubbish, said Adji, and the agency is now focusing on cleaning up more than 1,000 smaller waterways.

The narrow ducts typically run through slums, and residents have been dumping trash in the waterways for decades due to the lack of a decent rubbish disposal system in poor areas.

Activists praised the government's efforts, saying the livelihoods of those in riverside communities had improved, but urged authorities to do more to stop people illegally dumping rubbish.

"We need to strictly enforce the law against people who throw their waste in the rivers," said Abdul Kodir, founder of group "The Ciliwung lovers' community".


Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up






Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Father of Russian environmental movement dies
Moscow (AFP) Jan 11, 2017
Leading Russian ecological campaigner Alexei Yablokov, the founder of Greenpeace Russia and one of the pioneers of the post-Soviet environmental movement, has died at 83, the Russian Academy of Sciences said Wednesday. Yablokov, who studied marine zoology in the Soviet era, spearheaded major campaigns in the perestroika era that formed a new generation of activists and acted as advisor both ... read more


FROTH AND BUBBLE
Nepal sacks quake reconstruction chief

Six climbers die of cold climbing Guatemala volcano

Memory of lost Cyprus home haunts three generations

Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Scientists make grocery bags out of shrimp shells

New active filaments mimic biology to transport nano-cargo

Manufacturing platform makes intricate biocompatible micromachines

Rice U probes ways to turn cement's weakness to strength

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Changing rainfall patterns linked to water security in India

In Damascus, an old solution to water shortages: the hammam

DARPA's networks of the sea enter next stage

Landmark global scale study reveals potential future impact of ocean acidification

FROTH AND BUBBLE
French satellite spots Antarctic caravan

Radar reveals meltwater's year-round life under Greenland ice

When the Arctic coast retreats, life in the shallow water areas drastically changes

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too

FROTH AND BUBBLE
21 farmers granted bail in Myanmar army land-grabbing case

How we shop hurts endangered species

A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees

Chickens are smarter and more complex than given credit for

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Rain slackens across Thailand's flood-hit south

Study: Recovery of Caribbean bats would take 8 million years

Floods sever overland routes to Thailand's south

Worst rain 'in 30 years' heaps misery on flood-hit Thai south

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Draining huge African peatland a threat to climate

Five Malian soldiers killed by landmine

Reshuffle in I.Coast, security chiefs out after mutiny

I.Coast soldiers end mutiny after deal

FROTH AND BUBBLE
A research framework for tracing human migration events after 'out of Africa' origins

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age

New study finds evolution of brain and tooth size were not linked in humans

Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement