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Jakarta Post

Environment Watch: Govt to pump money into embattled national park

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Fri, January 28 2011   /  10:43 am

The Forestry Ministry has earmarked Rp 250 billion (about US$25 million) to establish a rare flora and fauna rehabilitation center in East Lampung’s Way Kambas National Park (TNWK), whose lush forests and rare wildlife is under threat from rampant illegal logging, poaching and fishing.

Lampung Governor Sjachroedin Z.P. said the project was a part of the Lampung tourism development golden triangle program, whose three points were the Siger Tower in Bakauheni, South Lampung, Way Kambas National Park in East Lampung and Lumbok Ranau Lake in West Lampung.

“The government will also build the biggest veterinary hospital in Sumatra in TNWK, which is currently home to the Sumatran Rhino Refuge conservation center,” Sjachroedin said on Friday.

He said the Lampung Forestry Office was supporting TNWK’s efforts to restore damaged forest areas in the park.

“The w...