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Residents’ participation vital in Jambi peatland restoration: BRG

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Sun, March 15, 2020   /  03:26 pm
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Mujiasih, a red ginger farmer in Mandala Jaya village in Jambi, takes care of the herbal plant on her farmland in the village on Wednesday. The villagers will harvest red ginger in April or May. (JP/Jon Afrizal)

The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) has called on the public to support its efforts to restore peatland areas in the province of Jambi, where land clearing and fires cause trillions of rupiah in environmental damage and impact people’s livelihoods. BRG official Myrna A. Safitri said the agency needed help from locals for its program to gradually restore peatlands amid limited funding provided by the government. “Peat areas that have been damaged over the past few decades cannot be repaired in one or two years. But, with the support of the local community, we are optimistic that the damaged areas can be restored," she said on Wednesday. Since 2017, the agency had been focusing on the regencies of West Tanjung Jabung, East Tanjung Jabung and Muarojambi in Jambi, as those three were particularly prone to forest and land fires. Those regencies also saw lots of lan...