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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 8 2012   /  08:52 am

Vast: Mount Halimun Salak National Park contains a swath of forest connecting Halimun and Mount Salak. (Courtesy of Chevron Geothermal Salak)In a forest not far from the capital, local residents are stepping up to help protect the earth in an initiative that may give the next generation hope for the future.

The people of Cipeuteuy village in Sukabumi, West Java, realized the weight on their shoulders was getting heavier and heavier after living side by side with a newly established national park.

Not only had they lost a source of income – for the park prohibited them from obtaining anything from that protected land – but they were also responsible for the biggest national park in Java.

A 2003 Ministerial Decree expanded what was then Halimun National Park to the Mount Salak area, changing the name to Mount Halimun Salak National Park.

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