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Jakarta Post

Mangrove forest boosts ecotourism

  • Djemi Amnifu

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang   /   Tue, November 22 2016   /  08:56 am

Initially serving as only a wave barrier, a mangrove forest of one hectare in Kupang Bay has been transformed into an ecotourism site that has gained in popularity among tourists in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.

Tourists, both domestic and foreign, have been flocking to the site, situated in Oesapa Barat subdistrict, Kelapa Lima district in Kupang municipality, since the inauguration by Kupang Mayor Jonas Salean on Feb. 13.

“The location was once just a mangrove swamp to withstand the waves and where fishermen looked for crabs. After training was funded by the [United Nation’s] International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), it has now been serving as a mangrove ecotourism location,” neighborhood unit chief in Oesapa subdistrict Daris Foeh told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Daris said he did not expect a mangrove forest protected by local residents to actua...