71% of Indonesian mangrove forests damaged: minister
Up to 71 percent of mangrove forests in Indonesia have been damaged, Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said Saturday in Brebes, Central Java.
He mentioned the figure during the ceremony to designate Brebes’ northern beaches as a “green belt”, marked with a symbolic planting of 80,000 mangrove seeds in Randusanga Kulon village in Central Java.
Gusti further cited his ministry’s data saying that Indonesia had about 9.36 millions hectares of mangrove forests; 48 percent of which are “moderately damaged” and 23 percent “badly damaged”, kompas.com reported.
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