BOGOR - Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum with the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar, and Bogor Regent Ade Yasin held a "clean up" action with residents on the banks of the Ciliwung River, in the Sukajadi area, Cibinong, Bogor Regency, West Java, on Sunday (06/23/19).
Clean-up action recorded by the Indonesian World Record Museum (MURI) because it successfully involved 9,300 people. Even though the target is only 8,000 people. Residents together with the working community have spread to 36 points in 33 sub-districts along the Ciliwung River. Besides cleaning, the volunteers campaign and educate the environment.
As for a number of parties involved in this activity including the Indonesian Bamboo Foundation, Community Care Concern (KPC) throughout Jabodetabek, the Jawara Peduli Ciliwung Network, students, community, youth organizations, the ranks of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as well as elements of the Regional Government starting from Pemdaprov Jabar, Pemkab Bogor, Bogor City Government, Depok City Government, and DKI Jakarta Provincial Government.
Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul hopes that clean-up activities can have a positive impact on the Ciliwung River environment. Because a clean river will bring more benefits to life.
"This very beneficial activity may have a positive impact on West Java and the surrounding area," said Deputy Governor of Uu.
Uu appreciates community participation, and the people who want to voluntarily take to the field. Moreover, a number of communities have played an active role in managing waste.
Moreover, continued Uu, the behavior of littering rivers in rivers is still a classic environmental problem. "We, together with the district / city government, related agencies and other parties, will continue to establish coordination to analyze and then resolve these environmental problems," said Uu.
"Because besides Citarum, the Ciliwung River is also strategically located, and passes through several cities / districts," he added.
Ciliwung cleaning also brings together government and private companies. Thus, socialization to the company was also carried out so that they would actively participate in the protection and management of the Ciliwung watershed ecosystem.
"So before taking legal action, for 'naughty' companies pollute the environment. It is better for us to communicate first. In fact, we can work together to realize the environment that we hope for, so the essence is communication," he said.
Meanwhile, LH Minister Siti Nurbaya stated that the Ciliwung River has a length of about 119 kilometers and there are 13 tributaries that flow to Ciliwung. The upstream of the river is in Bogor Regency and empties into Jakarta Bay, in the northern region.
According to the Minister, the Ciliwung River now faces various challenges. Waste and sedimentation cause flooding in the surrounding area. "In 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry records that 7,000 tons of waste are disposed to Ciliwung every day. This practice occurs from upstream to downstream," he said.
Ciliwung's cleaning action has been routinely carried out. The first event began in 2013 involving 2,400 people, then continued 2014 involving 5,000 people, and today is the third time.
Minister Siti also invited from the government at various levels, even at the village level, to various elements of society, to give full attention to environmental sustainability in the Ciliwung River.
"Ciliwung is very strategic through several districts / cities, there are many benefits in the community," he said.
Meanwhile, the founder of the Indonesian Bamboo Foundation who is also the Chairperson of the Sang Saka Buana Headquarters Abah Jatnika Nanggamiharja said that it had been carrying out conservation efforts for a long time in the Ciliwung neighborhood. Abah, known as Senam Hijaiyah Indonesia, has developed bamboo for 23 years both for forest conservation and making bamboo a reliable economic support for the community.
2015 Kalpataru award winners began to pay attention to bamboo since 1996. According to Abah there are many benefits of bamboo plants. For the environment, bamboo can reduce geothermal energy, fertilize soil, purify water, produce good oxygen, overcome landslides, and overcome flooding.
"One bamboo stick with an diameter of eight centimeters and weighing 1.2 kilograms can help two people breathe," he said.
While one cluster of 300 bamboo can help six hundred people to breathe. In addition, he said, bamboo is also a good place to store water. As soon as the rain falls the water can be stored in bamboo sticks as much as 90 percent and as soon as the dry season of the bamboo can emit water, one of which is oxygen.
Bamboo fibers are also useful for purifying water because the roots can spread up to 50 meters. Besides being beneficial to the environment, Abah also reminded that bamboo has also been used by Indonesian society as a weapon against colonialism on Indonesian soil.
"We don't plant bamboo, meaning we forget our history of being free by sharp bamboo," Abah said.
The Bambu Indonesia Foundation has a mission to be a place for preservation, breeding, training and education for anyone. Abah also hopes that the Indonesian Bamboo Foundation can continue to grow and can educate many people so that there is a desire to preserve the environment.