Story Publication logo May 18, 2022

Cattle Set Free (bahasa Indonesia)


A man measures and examines plants using a stick while squatting in the rainforest.

The Herman Johannes Forest Park has an area of 1,900 hectares. It is located in 12 villages and four...


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A resident shows mango plants damaged by cattle in the forest area of Tahura Herman Johannes in Sonraen, South Amarasi District, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. Photo by Palce Amalo. Indonesia, 2022.

Since the management of the park has been handled by the Government of Kupang Regency, the park has been used by locals for grazing livestock. 

Joni Tabun walked ahead of reporters to brush off the bushes and tree branches. He is the only former member of the Forest Management Resort Unit (KRPH) whose house is located in a forest area. 

The trail connects the main paved road to the area of trees and horticultural crops, planted in the part of the forest where vegetation is dominated by shrubs and trees.

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This is a forest conservation program which involves people from villages around the forest. Residents are divided into several groups and each group are provided with seeds and saplings to plant.