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Story Publication logo April 29, 2021

Community-Based Reforestation in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (bahasa Indonesia)


Mount Bromo with smoke, with Mount Batok in the foreground, and Mount Kursi and Mount Gunung Semeru in the background, volcano, in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Image courtesy of Shutterstrock. Indonesia, date unknown.

The concept of reforestation is not merely a physical goal: the forest grows back, but there is a...


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Lumajang, EAST JAVA — Suwandi (37) and his son Sofian (12) move around by motorbike, arranging plant seeds in front of the green house, at an altitude of over 2,500 meters above sea level. The three green house units that were built five years ago to grow the seeds of green plants are no longer intact. But the spirit is still there, still the same as when they started.

The motorbike is carrying around 150 plant seedlings to Jemplang, one of the reforestation points. There are several volunteers waiting there to help plant. In fact, Sofian's friends from the Islamic boarding school who happened to be on break due to COVID-19, also helped plant.