What is at issue:
Jakarta Green Monster is a volunteer community that care and want to participate in environmental conservation, especially wetland conservation. Most of its members are youth and student. Fauna & Flora International is supporting the local grass roots group in its work to reduce waste contamination in the highly biodiverse Angke river, and encourage interest among the community in the wetland conservation area.
The Jakarta Green Monster (JGM) programme aims to create a sustainable, healthy environment in the capital through mangrove planting, clean-up actions and educational workshops, whilst implementing sustainable income generation projects. Overall, the aforementioned actions will lead to reduced flooding, the prevention of coastal erosion, increasing biodiversity, and open, green spaces for local residents. Income generation projects will also be able to flourish in the wake of a cleaner environment providing much needed resource to this deprived area.
What's happening now:
The project was supported by the Lighthouse Foundation from 2011 to 2012.
What we have achieved:
In 2012, various projects were successfully carried out:
- The mangrove planting was carried out twice in two different areas and planted 500 seedlings each.
- Jakarta Green Monster staff and members of the community regularly conduct reviews of all planted mangroves to ensure that they thrive and are undamaged.
- At the end of September 2012, two cleaning actions were carried out. The two cleanups took around four hours each and resulted in about 100 bags of garbage, each weighing 50 kg, for a total of five tonnes.
- The students from the affected regions took part in the cleaning campaign and dealt with the topic of the environment in the classroom.
- A series of neighborhood meetings was held in six districts to discuss solutions to the problem of waste, the need to plant and preserve the mangroves and potential areas of further planting.
- Within the next three months, the cultivation of mangroves will be continued, and communities in other coastal regions will be included.