The Jakarta Post
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Forestry Agency has shown support for 2016 Clean Up Rinjani, a program aiming to promote reforestation and trash pick up by planting about 1,000 trees along two Rinjani trekking routes, namely Senaru in North Lombok and Sembalun in East Lombok.
“In the future, we hope to give visitors trees to plant before they start climbing Rinjani,” NTB Forestry Agency head Husnanindiaty Nurdin told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. She was speaking on the sidelines of Clean Up Rinjani in Sembalun district, East Lombok.
The agency records about 550,000 out of 1.17 million hectares of forest areas in the province to be in critical condition. Without active participation from all parties, it will be difficult for the government to rehabilitate critical land in NTB, the agency explained.
“Our critical land now amounts to 554,000 ha. Even if we collect budgetary allocations from both central and regional administrations, we can only rehabilitate around 20,000 ha,” said Husnanindiaty.
She further said 140,000 ha of the critical land was categorized as very critical and needed to be reforested immediately.
Husnanindiaty said the planting of 1,000 trees along Rinjani trekking routes also aimed to increase awareness among NTB people, especially those who lives in forest areas, of the need to preserve the environment.
Together with the NTB Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the agency was striving to develop a digital technology system, which would allow them to monitor the progress of their reforestation efforts, she explained. (ebf)
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