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Nature lovers committed to preserve nature

  • Hyginus Hardoyo

    The Jakarta Post

Bitung   /   Tue, May 6 2008   /  02:46 pm

The number of Indonesians concerned with preserving North Sulawesi's flora and fauna -- one of the country's most precious natural treasures -- has been rising amid the uncontrollably high rate of deforestation. Beginning with an awareness on how to maintain the existing wealth for the benefit of all, their selfless acts are aimed at protecting the Tangkoko-Batuangus Nature Reserve in Ranowulu district, Bitung regency, North Sulawesi. This is in stark contrast to some government officials who view the existing forests merely as a quick source of easy cash. The environmentalists, on the other hand, see far beyond that in wishing to preserve the forests for future generations. The groups' activities also put to shame the conduct of certain members of the House of Representatives who abuse their influence by withdrawing protected status for preservation areas, hence t...