Great Garuda Sea Wall to Protect Jakarta

As climate change begins to affect the planet, some governments are already taking actions to meet the new realities. One such country is Indonesia where construction of a massive sea wall is slated to begin.

The 35-kilometer (22-mile) wall, across the Bay of Jakarta off the city’s northern coast, is the centerpiece of a project that will cost up to $40 billion over three decades, and also includes reclaiming land for 17 new islands.

The whole project will form the shape of a Garuda, the mythical bird that is Indonesia’s national symbol.

Parts of coastal north Jakarta, which is built on soft clay, are sinking as fast as 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) a year, meaning they could be meters below sea level in a few decades, according to those behind the sea wall project.

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