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Jakarta Post

Mangroves in S. Sulawesi face uncertain future

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22 2013   /  11:03 am

South Sulawesi is facing massive mangrove forest destruction as over the past 30 years deforestation and pollution have taken their toll and damaged almost 90 percent of the total original areas.

The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) Indonesia recorded that the damage had reached 89 percent, citing that the worst damage took place in the 1980s.

The deforestation rate of mangrove forests has reached 2.2 percent annually. Currently, the province only has around 22,353 hectares of mangrove forests.

“Before 1980, South Sulawesi had 214,000 of mangrove forest hectares by 1991 only 23,000 hectares remained,” said MAP Indonesia project director Ratnawati Fadillah during a seminar on mangrove rehabilitation and aquaculture development in Makassar.

According to Makassar’s Hassanuddin University’s Forestry School dean Baharuddin Nurkin, mangrove forest destructio...