Gelora Bung Karno City Forest (GBK) was formerly a commercial area in the form of ex. Senayan Golf Driving Range covering an area of 4,5 hectares which in 2016 was returned to its function by the Bung Karno Complex Management Center (PPKGBK) to become a green conservation area. In accordance with the vision and mission of PPKGBK, which is to become an integrated, modern, environmentally friendly, and superior sports area in the world.
In order to make the GBK area more environmentally friendly and green the GBK City Forest on Sunday, March 21, 2021, a number of trees were planted including rare plants, exotic plants and several other types of plants. Exotic plants, namely Baobab (Adansonia Digitata) which is an exotic plant originating from from Africa. Rare plants that are also planted include Ulin Wood (Eusideroxylon zwageri) or commonly called ironwood, one of the most famous and strongest woods from Kalimantan, and Eboni (Diospyros Celebica Bakh) from Sulawesi. In addition, Matoa, Tabebuia Pink, Pomegranate, Jakaranda, Kuri, Buni, Pule, Kepel and several other plants were planted.
Also attending and carrying out symbolic tree planting in this activity were Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, Deputy Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly Ahmad Basara, Secretary of the Ministry of State Secretariat, Setya Utama, President Director PPKGBK Rakhmadi A. Kusumo, and PPKGBK Business Development and Development Director, Mokhamad Rofik Anwar.
In his remarks, the Minister of Social Affairs, Tri Rismaharini said that the planted trees were a donation from Mrs. Megawati Soekarnoputri, the 5th President of the Republic of Indonesia who is also the Chairperson of the Indonesian Botanical Garden Foundation. "At that time Bung Karno's struggle to establish this location was very tough. But he can make it happen to all of us, now that we can enjoy the very beautiful GBK area which may be very difficult to find in the capital city, "he explained.
Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly added that if the tree planting action was carried out by many people, the air quality in Indonesia would be better.
In his remarks, the Minister of State Secretary expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the implementation of tree planting activities at GBK which are in line with government programs to provide public open spaces that can be enjoyed by the general public. "We thank you for your participation in planting this tree, because this is really in accordance with our spirit (the Ministry of State Secretariat) which manages two BLUs (Public Service Bodies), namely GBK and Kemayoran," concluded Pratikno.