Cleaning Up Jakarta's Rancid River

Jakarta's notorious Ciliwung River, one of the most polluted in the world, is expected to receive a long-awaited revitalization in the coming months thanks partly to a strategic partnership with South Korea. After four years of negotiation, Indonesian Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya signed an agreement with his South Korean counterpart Yoo Young Sook in December that detailed US$9 million of Korean investment to fund the restoration, matched by approximately Rp10 billion (US$1.04 million) investment from the Jakarta government, which could grow.

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