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Aceh told to keep its forests intact

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Tue, March 26 2013   /  10:00 am

Environmental scientists and institutions are calling on the Aceh provincial administration to maintain the province’s biodiversity amid fears that an incoming spatial plan will further exploit its vast forests.

The scientists also called on the administration to preserve protected species as well as guarantee food supplies for residents living in the province’s lowlands.

“We expect the Aceh provincial administration to make use of scientific findings made by scientists working on biodiversity in Aceh and other countries,” said Antony J. Lynam, secretary of the Asia Pacific chapter of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC).

The association held a chapter meeting in Banda Aceh from March 18-22.

Scientists presented their research from various countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand at the conference.