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Mt. Leuser park engages infringers to restore ecosystem

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  12:56 am

The Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) management has gradually cleared illegal plantations found in several locations in its North Sumatran section in the past week.

The operations involved the infringers themselves, who had clandestinely planted rubber or oil palm trees deep in the jungle in different areas, including Sekoci, Besitang and Bahorok. TNGL covers over 800,000 hectares, straddling North Sumatra and neighboring province Aceh. It is home to various endemic flora and fauna, including endangered Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinoceroses and elephants.

The park management offered an option for the infringers to voluntarily cut down their illegal plants or face legal consequences.

Such a persuasive approach was deemed more effective to halt prolonged illegal activities and subsequently restore the ecosystem.

Edward Sembiring, the head of the Sumatra Env...