The Jakarta Post
Lamongan regency administration in East Java has planted two million trees around hillside areas of Pucakwangi village in Babat district, Lamongan in order to prevent landslides severely affecting the area.
Lamongan Regent Fadeli said on Tuesday that planting trees in Pucakwangi was necessary because the village was located in a hilly area of Lamongan, which makes it prone to disasters such as landslides and flooding.
'Furthermore, the efforts here are not only to prevent landslides, but to also restore the beauty of this area through the new trees. It is also important to expand the green area of this village,' Fadeli said as quoted by Antara news agency.
The precaution most likely came after a recent landslide that occurred in Banjarnegara, Central Java, which ravaged a community and killed more than 60 people.
Aside from planting trees, the Lamongan administration has also tried to introduce more fish into the Pucukwangi River.
Meanwhile, the head of the Lamongan Agriculture and Forestry Agency, Aris Setiadi, said that efforts to replant the village were also undertaken in order to narrow down the area of degraded land in the regency.
The total amount of degraded land in Lamongan is 25,500 hectares of the regency's total area of 1,812.8 square kilometers.
'Therefore it is crucial that the area around the village is replanted in order to ensure the safety of the area from landslide and flooding,' Aris said.
He noted that one of the plants being planted was the kenanga (ylang-ylang) flower, because the origin of Pucakwangi's name is related to the scent of the kenanga, which is also known as the cananga tree or perfume tree. (nvn)(++++)