Living on the Edge: Jakarta Coast

Jakarta government’s policies on coastal management have become controversial issues for years. A number of development plans have been done without proper environmental analysis according to the researchers and conservationists. Floods, sea tides, aberration, happen almost every year. Beach pollution is getting higher. Ecosystems along the coastline are damaged or changed by man-made ones. Public beaches are closed, replaced by business areas. The administrators go further with reclamation projects. They plan to fill in the sea up to eight meters in depth over an area up to two kilometers wide and 30 kilometers from east to west, for trade centers and housing complexes (2008). Tearsheets