Govt Sets Aside Rp93b to Save Lake Limboto

28 December, 2011 | Source: The Jakarta Post

The central government says it is allocating Rp 93 billion (US$10.23 million) to save Lake Limboto in Gorontalo.

Gorontalo’s Environment, Research and Technology Agency chief, Rugaiya Biki, said Tuesday that the funds, which will be included in the 2012 state budget, will be used to dredge sediment, create a green belt area and evacuate local residents from the area.

“We are aiming to dredge up to 3.5 meters in depth [of sediment] and, regarding the evacuation, we will thoroughly consider its implementation to minimize conflicts,” Rugaiya said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Lake Limboto is reportedly in critical condition with an average depth of only 2.5 meters and an expanse of 3,000 hectares.

In 1932, Lake Limboto was 30 meters deep, but by 1961, the depth was only 10 meters with an expanse of 4,250 hectares

Rugaiya added that only the Biyonga River supplied water into Lake Limboto, although there were three other rivers near the lake.

“The condition has been exacerbated by rampant illegal logging upstream,” he said.

 

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