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Jakarta Post

Marselinus Agot: Three million trees for Manggarai Raya

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Fri, September 30 2011   /  08:53 am

JP/ Markus MakurThree million perennial trees of various varieties now cover Manggarai Raya thanks to the pioneering role of Pastor Marselinus Agot.

He has not only advocated for the greening of the region comprising the regencies of Manggarai, West Manggarai and East Manggarai in East Nusa Tenggara, but also helps to plant the trees.  

The principle Rev. Marsel, as he is affectionately called, 64, seems to strictly adhere to is that conservation should begin with individual efforts.

He started his venture by growing trees in certain areas of Manggarai in the 1990s. In Labuan Bajo, the capital of West Manggarai, he has planted thousands of trees on 20 hectares of land owned by the SVD (Societas Verbi Divini) community or Society of the Divine Word.

Marsel was originally worried about the increasing forest denudation in Manggarai. He was also saddened by ...