Lumajang combines conservation, culture in Rawat Ruwat Ranu event
The Jakarta Post
The Tourism and Culture Agency of Lumajang regency, East Java, together with environmental institution Laskar Hijau (Green Troops), is holding the Rawat Ruwat Ranu event on Saturday to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan and campaign for environmental conservation through culture.
The event will take place at lake Ranu Klakah in Tegalrandu village.
Laskar Hijau previously held similar events between 2006 and 2010, called Maulid Hijau.
This year, Rawat Ruwat Ranu features a floating stage that was built over the small lake and can be accessed through a wooden bridge.
The event will start at 12:30 p.m. with an istighosah kubro joined by residents of Ranu Klakah.
The Lumajang regent is expected to attend the event, which will showcase dance, music and theater performances by artists hailing from Lumajang, Malang and Probolinggo.
Illegal logging occurring between 1998 and 2002 in the protected forest area of Mt. Lemongan damaged around 25 springs connected to lake Ranu Klakah. Now, there are only six springs left, prompting Laskar Hijau volunteers to establish a conservation campaign for Mt. Lemongan and its surrounding areas.
Ranu Klakah is the main source for irrigation for the area’s rice fields, which occupies around 620 hectares of land. (kes)
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