Jason Loghry, Birds Korea
Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the acting Governor of Jakarta, has voiced that he is skeptical about the feasibility of the Giant Sea Wall project, a project worth (IDR)500 trillion, saying that it might not be an efficient way to tackle persistent flooding in the capital. Here are some of his reasons:
” When I went to South Korea, I visited the Saemangeum sea wall to study it […] I concluded that it might not be as effective as we expected,” he said on Thursday.
Ahok pointed out that the Saemangeum sea wall, which is located on the southwest coast of the Korean peninsula, was not without problems.
“The Koreans struggled to ensure that the water that flowed toward the sea wall was clean, so that it didn’t turn into a lake of mud […] so they had to work on the rivers. But they only have two rivers, while Jakarta has 13 heavily polluted rivers. Thus, flushing [the mud] will be very problematic.
“It will also definitely limit the [range available for] fishermen, which means we will have to relocate them. With the Saemangeum sea wall, three fishermen recently died because they tried to fish in a dangerous area near the sea wall gate. This happened in an advanced country with advanced technology,” Ahok said.
“I believe we have enough experts here in Jakarta. Technology and money are definitely not the issues. The real challenge in tackling the flood issue is corruption. I suspect that fraudulent practices [occur] in most infrastructure projects [undertaken] in Jakarta,” he said.”
You can read the full article here, at the Jakarta Post.
Six organizations, the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Agency for Saemangeum Development and Investment (KASD), the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (KFSM), … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores and Mike McCarthy A quick visit to Saemangeum for research by one of the UK’s leading environmental journalists / writers Mike McCarthy (e.g. Independent journalist and author … read more
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, January 8th 2014 Following on from last month’s article in the Wall Street Journal (http://www.birdskoreablog.org/?p=11510), Birds Korea would like to thank an overseas expert for … read more
Jason Loghry, November 7, 2013 Birds Korea Last month, Birds Koreans spent several days with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology team at Saemangeum. We found many migratory shorebirds still feeding … read more
Nial Moores PhD, Birds Korea, October 2nd 2013 The Four Rivers project entailed, especially between 2009 and 2012, the deep-dredging of many hundreds of kilometres of naturally-shallow rivers and the … read more
Bird News highlights from “Team Spoony: the Movie” by Nial Moores As part of Birds Korea work on a mini-documentary on Spoon-billed Sandpiper and tidal-flat conservation, a team of Birds … read more
Written by Birds Korea member Jason Loghry From August 10 – 13, Birds Korea team members visited various West Coast sites to capture footage and images for our upcoming documentary … read more
Yonhap News, July 31, reports: “China still big chance for Korean companies: minister” Finance Minister Hyun Oh-seok said, “the Saemangeum region will serve as a platform for South Korea’s advance … read more
Posted by Jason Loghry, July 4, 2013 Occasionally, I receive personal email alerts of news articles or stories baiting investment or highlighting the ongoing transformation of formerly one of the … read more