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Jakarta Post

Environment Watch : Industries urged to help preserve forest

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Pasuruan, East Java   /   Sat, May 21 2011   /  08:00 am

Businesses in East Java have been criticized for reluctance regarding preservation of the Mount Arjuna Forest despite their apparent economic benefit from the area.

As many as 483 businesses in the province are thought to make use of the Brantas river, which originates from the Arjuna forest area and passes through 12 cities and regencies within their area of business activity — including areas where industrial waste is allegedly disposed.

Kaliandra Sejati Foundation recently reported that only two industries were involved in the environment preservation drive through the Forest Care program.

The Mount Arjuna forest spans a total of 50,000 hectares encompassing five mayoralties and regencies in East Java — Pasuruan, Malang, Jombang, Mojokerto regencies and Batu municipality.

“The condition of forested areas, especially in Pasuruan regency remains at r...