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Jakarta Post

Mangrove conservation parks work for green alternative

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 23 2011   /  08:00 am

In the northern part of the city, where much of the land is occupied by housing complexes or malls, there is a natural sanctuary in the form of a mangrove conservation park that links the sea to the north and the land to the south.

The Angke Kapuk Nature Tourism Park, a mangrove conservation park run by a private company, is a tightly run operation in which 70 percent of the park has been replanted with mangrove plants and a neat infrastructure is maintained.

“Welcome to the conservation park. You cannot fish in here, sir,” said the park staff member at the gate who greeted The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

The pathway from the park gate to the management office was paved with bricks, symbolic of the conservative bent of the park, which covers 99.82 hectares.

An officer at the conservation park, Bambang A. Putra, said that visitors could pay Rp 10,000 (US$1...