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Jakarta Post

Health care enlisted to stem illicit logging

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 28 2019   /  01:01 am

Mount Palung National Park in West Kalimantan used to suffer having its trees cut down by illegal loggers who were none other than residents of the conservation area. They harvested the trees to earn income to support their families.However, illegal logging is now a thing of the past following an intensive campaign by a non-profit conservation organization that promoted the concept of sustainable living among the residents.The Alam Sehat Lestari Foundation (Yayasan ASRI) has been working in the environment and health sectors in Sukadana, the capital city of North Kayong regency in the province, since its establishment in 2007. Because of its unique and innovative programs against illegal logging, the group received the prestigious Kalpataru environmental award in 2016.The group developed a program that combined environmental conservation with healthcare services, as the lack of such serv...