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Environment Watch: Illegal loggers target community forests

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, February 19 2010   /  10:47 am

Illegal loggers in Lampung have extended their grab beyond the Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas national parks and are now pilfering from reforestation areas managed under community forest programs, say officials.

West Lampung Forestry Office head Fauzi said huge volumes of illegally logged timber had recently been found originating from forested areas run by local communities.

“This finding means the logging has also taken place in community forests where local people put in a lot of hard work,” he said.

He added the community forest program in West Lampung was regarded as the country’s second most successful after Yogyakarta’s.

Fauzi said that since the program served as a role model for an ideal forest rehabilitation project, forestry experts from various countries had visited Way Tenong in West Lampung.

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