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Jakarta Post

Locals help protect Kelimutu national park

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 4 2011   /  09:35 am

If there is one thing Kelimutu National Park officials have learned about preserving the park, it is the importance of community involvement.

Spanning an area of some 5,300 hectares designated official parkland since 1992, Kelimutu is home to the famous three-colored crater lakes, an arboretum showcasing endemic flora in the area, including Begonia kelimutuensis, Rhododendron renschianum, Vaccinium varingiaefolium. The park is also home to the garugiwa bird (Pachycephala nudigula), which is known for its broad range of chirping vocals.

Kelimutu National Park forest ranger chief Thomas Dethan said that in the early years of the past decade, park rangers and the Saga village community, one of the 23 villages near Kelimutu National Park, were involved in a bitter spat because rangers carried arms whenever they made their rounds.

“The dispute started because of miscom...