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Jakarta Post

Sri Andajani: Thousand Islands, conservation or submersion?

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 28 2011   /  07:00 am

JP/Theresia Sufa“I do hope the people living in Kepulauan Seribu [Thousand Islands] National Park will take responsibility and value the sea as a major life sustaining reserve before the island group is submerged,” park head Sri Andajani said a few days ago.

Kepulauan Seribu National Park (TNKpS) is a group of 78 islands in Jakarta’s northern waters. In 1982, the islands were declared a marine reserve. In 2002, that was changed by a decree of the forestry minister, and the islands were established as a national park covering an area of 107,489 hectares.

Two of the 78 islands, Panjaliran Barat and Panjaliran Timur, have become the government’s core area, where sea turtles are conserved and public access is denied. Six other islands are inhabited by local communities, while the rest belong to private individuals and companies.

Sri Andajani, born in Ngawi, East ...