Indonesia to resume work on giant seawall

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Jakarta. Photo source: ©© Seika

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Greater Jakarta, one of the world’s most densely populated cities, sits on a swampy plain and is sinking at a faster rate than any other city in the world…

Read Full Article; Reuters (09-14-2016)

Could a Titanic Seawall Save This Quickly Sinking City? National Geographic (12-10-2015)
Jakarta, Indonesia’s fast-growing capital of 10 million people, is embarking on one of history’s biggest seawall projects—to be shaped like a Garuda, a mythical bird-like creature…

Central Govt Halts Jakarta’s $40 Billion Reclamation Project, The Jakarta Post (04-13-2015)
Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta– home to 10 million people – is sinking into the sea at between 2.9 and 6.7 inches per year. To save the megacity from drowning: a $40 billion land reclamation and sea wall project estimated to take 30 years to complete. However, today, the central government has decided to suspend its implementation as the viability of the project is now questioned…

Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea? Inhabitat (10-16-2014)

The Great Wall of Jakarta, Reuters (12-22-2014)

Indonesia’s protective sea wall sparks controversy, BBC News (11-13-2014)

The Archipelago with Ubiquitous Land Reclamation Projects; Global Indonesian Voices (04-28-2016)
Whilst reclamation in Jakarta and Bali are more well-known due to the frequent reporting and public controversies, similar projects are also either being planned or underway in other regions across Indonesia…

Indonesia’s contested land reclamation projects, The Sydney Morning Herald (04-05-2016)
There are more than 15 planned reclamation projects across Indonesia, including a $3 billion project to build artificial islands in the middle of Benoa Bay in Bali. This proposed reclamation has spawned one of the largest environmental movements in Indonesia’s history…

Such Quantities of Sand, The Economist (07-27-2015)
Asia’s mania for reclaiming land from the sea spawns mounting problems…

Walls Around our Coastal Cities? By Pr. Gary Griggs

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona (12-2013)

What Happens to a Coral Reef When an Island is Built on Top? the Washington Post (07-11-2015)
Seven such coral reefs are being turned into islands, with harbors and landing strips by the Chinese military, and it is destroying a rich ecological network. “It’s the worst thing that has happened to coral reefs in our lifetime…”

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