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Miftah Faridl, CNN Indonesia Correspondent, together with field producer Joni Aswira and photojournalist Micky Peressia, traveled thousands of kilometers, recording the complexities of the relationship between humans and forests, from various perspectives along the Kerinci Seblat National Park on Sumatra Island.
The team visited a number of villages in three provinces on the island of Sumatra, namely Jambi, West Sumatra, and Bengkulu. The journey starts from Jambi City to Merangin and Kerinci Regencies, Jambi Province.
In the district, the villages the team visited include Renah Pelaan, Muara Madras, Renah Pemetik, and Pasar Mesurai. Communities in the first two villages switched from encroaching on the forest after successfully reviving unused land around their homes. Coffee became a leading commodity. Because of busyness in the land, they no longer come into the Kerinci Seblat National Park area.
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The CNN Indonesia team also visited the Kerinci Seblat National Park area in West Sumatra Province, specifically visiting the Lunang Sako area, Pesisir Selatan Regency. In this area, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) chooses an affirmative policy by granting management rights to residents who have already cleared land in the national park area.
They are required to form farmer groups and are prohibited from expanding their land. Now, the former encroachers are forest guards in the midst of limited forest police personnel. They volunteer to patrol to assist officers.
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