Yogyakarta, aktual.com – Enjoying the calming sensation on the banks of the Code River is now already a part of Yogyakarta’s tourist attractions. The ancient river boasts a historical significance as one of the passages for lava flow from Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The 42-meter river also splits Yogyakarta into two, east and west, and serves as its icon.
Learning how riverside areas in major cities of countries like Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand could become well-cared public spaces has inspired Totok Pratopo, leader of Pamerti Code—a cultural group dedicated to the river’s preservation—to duplicate the feat.
To that end, Kampung Kali Code 1001 Jetisharjo develops the “Jelajah Kampung” (Exploring Kampung) Eco-tourism concept. Here, university students are welcome to learn about community-based river management, including trash, waste, and the use of riverbank for settlement. In addition, tourists could also try a three-kilometer trek from Kewek to Jetisharjo.
Nippon Paint also supports the endeavor through its “Warnai Kehidupan” CSR program, with the donation of 1,554 liters of Brilliant White 1001 and True Blue NP PB 1534D products, enough to cover an area of 12,600 square meters or about 150 houses.
Regarding the program, Nippon Paint Area Sales Manager Topan Wijaksono says, “the ‘White-Blue’ program at Kali Code 1001 Jetisharjo is part of the vision outlined in the ‘Warnai Kehidupan’ CSR program, which aims to boost growth in socio-economically challenged sectors.”(Zaenal Arifin)