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Bandung administration stops cutting down poisonous trees for the sake of ox

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 17 2009   /  02:11 pm

The Bandung municipal administration has finally decided to stop cutting down trees reportedly containing poison along the city's streets and in city parks, following protests from local environmental activists. Taufan Suranto of the Sunda Environment Observer Council said it was useless arguing over whether the trees contained poison. "The most important thing is the lack of trees and oxygen in the city," Taufan told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Taufan added if all the poisonous trees were cut down, not only would it cause a loss in oxygen but it would also be expensive to replace them as seedlings cost a lot of money. Besides, he added, it took time for trees to grow. A study conducted late January this year by Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung, West Java, found the trees along the city's streets and in city parks contained poison. Unpad biologist...