City of culture, Yogyakarta, takes home the coveted Green Region awards for 2011.
The Indonesia Green Region Awards (IGRA) for 2011 were announced recently, and out of a bevy of 36 cities/regencies ten were chosen as finalists, with the top five ending up as:
The also-rans from the finalists were Payakumbuh (West Sumatra), Kuningan (West Java), Berau (East Kalimantan), Jepara (Central Java), and Gorontalo city (Gorontalo).
Sonny Keraf, a member of the IGRA selection panel, said Yogyakarta was tops for cleanliness because of its 3 R's program - (reduce, reuse, and recycle) - which had succeeded in reducing the daily rubbish pile by 28%, and as it had freed up lots of land for park space, and 'revitalised' the rivers.
Surabaya had apparently managed to double the amount of green space in the city, while Denpasar had made heroic efforts in the direction of promoting bicycle use over vehicles. Palangkaraya had set aside vast areas of jungle as protected, while Banda Aceh's environmental charms left Sonny silent. bisnisindonesia