To be completely honest, I had no idea that this was something going on until I read the article about it published on this website. And I think it's fascinating how absolutely no one's talking about this! It's absurd. People talk about how other cities are sinking (I've heard that New York is also a sinking city) BUT as an Indonesian citizen, this was never brought up in conversation. While I have absolutely no idea how it will affect property prices in the long run, I do believe there's urgency in this situation, and there MUST be actions taken as soon as possible. Indonesia has a LOT of potential, and as a capital city, Jakarta must be maintained. We have the natural resources to do it anyway!
Yes. Stay tuned! It's a misconception that environment and the economy can be decoupled. When in reality it is rooted deeply together. Neglect of environmental issues could even lead to social injustices that we don't see everyday because most of the people affected are those less capable of speaking up for it.
Hi Pauline, Good question! Personally from telling people, I notice that there are still a lack of urgency on this topic. Despite them knowing that it's an existing issue, often my friends don't know we are the FASTEST sinking city in the WORLD! It's insane every time I think about it. I believe it is related to a lot of other issues in Jakarta, from flooding to water management, and they continue to contribute to a series of bigger issues such as water pollution and even poverty!
I know our government is working on solving these issues, but I don't know how sustainable they are. I also worry that moving the capital city is one of our "solutions" but it comes with its own set of environmental concerns. Check out this article by the Guardian.
Don't you think a sponge city sounds like a good solution? Check out our article about it here!
In terms of property prices, for years Jakarta had a surge in property prices despite the floodings and despite the slowing growth this year, I think prices will continue to increase due to major development construction projects such as the MRT/LRT. There was even worry about the capital city move and its effects on property values, but an interview with Anton Sitorus mentions that it will in fact put Jakarta in an easier path to develop due to the move solving issues that comes with overpopulation (traffic, pollution, etc).
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I think this was a fascinating read. You've probably heard before how Jakarta is a sinking city but never really looked much into it. This gives a broader perspective just how dire is the situation for Jakarta. I dont know how prices will go but I think awareness on the issue is a much bigger significance, and this piece delivers just that. Kudos to the writer for an excellent read!
Hi Pauline! I think it‘s important to talk and act more on sustainability in community level, such as traditional markets or slum area. Do you know any organization who take initiation on that anyway?
What a great question @Risanti Delphia! I think you can even open a new forum thread in the eco-journey category about this! I'm not aware of any organization that focuses on that topic yet, bur there is this app Sejalan and they have an initiative called #NitipBelanja. They help traditional market vendors sell on their app :)
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