Bogor Regency Government and Korindo Group through Korindo Foundation are planning to develop an urban forest on the land previously used as Pondok Rajeg Landfill (TPA), Cibinong, Bogor.
Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Bogor Regency Government and Korindo Group through Korindo Foundation will develop an urban forest on the land previously used as landfill (TPA) of Pondok Rajeg, Cibinong, Bogor, covering an area of about seven hectares (ha). This plan is in line with Korindo Group’s principle of preserving the environment in a sustainable manner, including in a former landfill site.
As the initial state, Afforestation Division of Korindo Group is conducting a feasibility study in advance. The process is targeted to last for six months starting in June 2021. Deputy General Manager of Afforestation Division of Korindo Gorup, Kim Nam Hong admitted that the planting this time tends to be challenging considering that the land in the former landfill site has soft characteristics. Therefore, a feasibility study is truly needed to ensure that the selected plants are suitable.
On Thursday (10/6), Korindo Group with the Bogor Regency Government represented by the Regional Development Planning, Research and Development Agency (Bappedalitbang) together with Environmental Agency has made three big plots sized 30 x 30 meters as trial areas. Each plot will be planted with 100 trees with a distance of three meters from each plant.
In the feasibility study, three types of trees will be planted in thre different plots, namely Sengon, Biunang, and Eucalyptus.
“Because the characteristics of this land are quite different compared to the usual lands, we conducted a trial using several types of plants first for verification,” Kim explained in an official statement to Bisnis.
The former landfill site of Pondok Rajeg is located in the Ciliwung Watershed (DAS) which operated since 1995 and was closed in 2008. In 2018, the land was used as an urban forest through the Regent’s Decree (SK). Lastly, the former landfill site was turned into a land for banana plant cultivation by the local community.
The plan for Korindo Group’s involvement in the development of an urban forest in the former landfill site of Pondok Rajeg has started since last year. In November 2020, Korindo Foundation sent a Letter of Interest (LoI) to the Regent of Bogor, Ade Yasin regarding the company’s interest in supporting the urban forest development.
Secretary General of Korindo Foundation, Seo Jeong Sik said that Korindo’s involvement in urban forest development is a clear proof of the company’s concern for environmental conservation.
“We hope that the preparation process can run swiftly so that the urban forest can be immediately built and enjoyed by the local community,” he said.
This activity is Korindo Group’s second involvement in urban forest development in Bogor Regency. Previously in 2019, Korindo Group has built the Pakansari City Forest with an area of about two hectares which is now covered with Eucalyptus deglupta trees.
Until now, Korindo Group is still responsible for the management of the urban forest which also involves the community. This responsibility will be handed over to the Bogor Regency Government in November 2022 to be used as an open green space or recreation area for the surrounding community.
The Head of the Settlement and Housing Sub-Division at Bappedalitbang Bogor Regency, Tika Effendi hopes that this second collaboration between Bogor Regency Government and Korindo Group can run smoothly.
“Korindo Group’s involvement in this urban forest development is a collaboration that we have been waiting for, especially in easing the burden of the limited government budget,” she said.
Source : bisnis.com