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Tagging right price to keep real trees

  • Dayu Nirma Amurwanti

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 28, 2018   /  01:38 pm
Tagging right price to keep real trees Tree-shaped lamps are placed on sidewalks around Jl.M.H.Thamrin and Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat areas in Central Jakarta. The plastic-made decorative lights were later removed after criticisms from residents. (kompas.com/Nibras Nada Nailufar)

Following the recent commotion over “fake trees” briefly planted along Jakarta’s main roads, let’s examine the ecological services from a cluster of “real trees” in our forests that have been very much undervalued in, making it difficult to keep forests intact.

Indonesia is home to the third-largest tropical forest, after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo: its forest cover of 93.6 million hectares makes up some 46.5 percent of Indonesia’s total land, according to last year’s figures. 

Our forests are not only important to the people who live within and around forest estates but also to the rest of the country, and to the world – as its value spans beyond timber and their physical existence. 

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