Action to support sustainable urban riverside neighbourhoods

Since 1950, Jakarta has experienced the phenomena of explosive population growth. Migrants flooded to Jakarta for economic reasons and in search of employment, bringing pressure to bear on housing. Growing numbers of migrants took to informal housing in the form of squatter communities, known as kampungs, along the 13 riverbanks crisscrossing the city of Jakarta. The dense riverside settlements have added huge pressure on the environment, traffic and air quality as the rivers are choked with human waste and garbage, creating serious health threats. Although Indonesian law forbids settlements along riverbanks which serve as water catchment areas, 3.5 million settlers … Continue reading Action to support sustainable urban riverside neighbourhoods