The peat ecosystem of Jakarta was heavily damaged due to recent wildfires. This kind of damage presents a heavy blow to the ecosystem of Jakarta, considering the significance that peatlands have in the emission of carbon-monoxide and the slow process of their natural recovery. Peatlands are classified as ecosystems that recover slowly, taking into consideration that they can, naturally, progress only one square millimeter yearly.
Peatlands are also sources of fossil fuels, which makes them an important natural resource for the country’s economy. Taking all this into consideration, we can only assume the true extent of the problem that the wildfire which had devastated Jakarta peatland caused to the country. Jakarta is facing great ecological damage as well as economic losses due to this natural catastrophe. However, the government of Jakarta had decided to face the problem seriously.
The government of Jakarta has announced their intention to create the body of peat ecosystem restoration, which is supposed to restore peatland that was damaged during recent wildfires. The vice president of Jakarta has led a meeting to discuss the process of preparations for the creating of the body which will take actions regarding peat ecosystem restoration. The main task of the body will be to maintain peat ecosystem. For this task, the body will receive support from multiple ministries.
Restoring Peat Ecosystems
In order to restore and maintain peat ecosystems, the body will need a good maintenance system and management. The country will need to involve experts and relevant government agencies, in order to restore heavily damaged peatland. The government is thriving to speed up the process of restoration, and for this purpose, they have been considering to form a body. The role of the body will be to restore damaged peat ecosystem on the grounds that are self-reliant. This means that no politicians should intervene with their work, except the minister of the environment and forestry, who should be working close with the prospectively formed body.
In order to restore the Jakarta peat ecosystem, the body will have the task to supervise and control the activities in the field. If this idea comes to realization, the body will consist out of representatives from the Housing Ministry and the Public Works, as well as the NDPA and the Geospatial Information Body. The preparations for creating the body have already begun. The body will not be responsible for planning and prevention of forest and land fires.
Considering the slow process of natural recovery of peatlands, the government of Jakarta will definitely need to approach this problem with full devotion. The body, that will take it upon itself to actually help speed up the process of peatland healing, will need to approach the problem with detailed planning and careful execution. It is now of critical importance for Jakarta to put efforts into preserving its natural resources since these kinds of losses can be compensated neither quickly nor easily. Dangers and consequences that Jakarta could suffer from losing its natural resources, however, are great.