Jakarta turns petrol stations into green spaces

The parks department in Jakarta, Indonesia, is transforming 27 petrol stations into green spaces in a bid to combat rapidly decreasing urban green coverage.

Green space in the Indonesian city has declined dramatically from around 35% in 1965 to just 9.3% today.

The Jakarta Parks & Cemetery Agency has announced that the 27 gas sta­tions will be closed by the end of the year and the clos­ure of these gas sta­tions will add another 10,505 sq m of green areas in Jakarta. The city's 2007 Spatial Planning Law calls for 30% green space.

According to local newspaper the Jakarta Post, the disappearance of open and green spaces has a "close relationship" with the current conditions in Jakarta, such as hotter weather during the day, increased flooding during the rainy season and water scarcity during the dry season.

The drive highlights the importance of using green spaces to tackle problems of flooding and cooling in urban areas, a mission taken up by CABE in its recently launched Grey to Green campaign.


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