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Jakarta Post

Green economy becomes more concrete in Sumatra

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 21 2017   /  12:28 am

A poster provides information about the Rimba corridor. Courtesy of WWF IndonesiaThere is an urgent need to stop deforestation in Sumatra.Plagued with illegal logging, forest fires, the uncontrolled development of plantations and mining sites, as well as human settlement, forested areas on the island of Sumatra have been in rapid decline, shrinking to 10.5 million hectares as of last year from 15.8 million ha in 2000.The habitat losses have affected wildlife, including the Sumatran tiger population, which has dwindled to the current 371 from 400 in 2015, according to the latest data from WWF Indonesia.The government’s intervention in 2012 by setting up five so-called essential ecosystem corridors on the island was widely applauded, but cooperation among the regional authorities involved is still lacking and the policy alone is considered ineffective in identifying problems and finding ...