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Story Publication logo May 18, 2022

Saving the Park With Management Block (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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AN EXPANSE OF COMMUNITY FOREST: The main road leading to the 2,038.30-hectare Prof. Ir Herman Johannes Forest Park, covering 10 villages and two sub-districts in Amarasi and South Amarasi sub-districts, Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Photo by Palce Amalo. Indonesia, 2022.

The looting of trees at the Herman Johannes Forest Park is still happening to this day. Many cases are revealed, but many more are still in the dark. To save the park, a management block was created. 

The looting and illegal use of the protected park is the same old story. The fact of people living in forest areas, as well as taking firewood, clearing the forest to open new farms, grazing livestock illegally, and hunting for animals, is still there. As these cases often occur, they are even considered normal. 

"The government is often confused by facts like these, so what we can do is to allow the people to garden inside the park, but ask them not to cut down the trees," said Head of the Environment and Forestry Agency of Kupang Regency, Peternus Vinsi in an interview in April 2022.