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Lapindo mud could harm Surabaya mangrove forest

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Wed, June 10 2009   /  01:04 pm

Mud dumped into the sea from the Lapindo mudflow through the Porong river will impact coastal ecosystems from eastern Surabaya to Pasuruan on Madura Island, researchers warn. A 2,300-hectare mangrove forest in the Surabaya municipality's Mangrove Center is now at risk, as it is only 30 kilometers from the mudflow outlet. Edy Hendras Wahyono, a mangrove researcher at the Nature Conservation and Education Foundation (YPKA), said his team would carry out comprehensive research on potential threats from the mud to the mangrove forest. "We'll analyze the mudflow content, as well as the condition of mangroves planted by the Sidoarjo Mudflow Mitigation Agency *BPLS* at the end of the Porong river," he told The Jakarta Post recently, after a presentation about a visibility study on mangrove development before Surabaya Mayor Bambang Dwo Hartono and representatives of cigarette manu...