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Young Forest Guardians From Sekonyer (bahasa Indonesia)

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Communities work to regrow the forest by planting trees. Some efforts paid off, but challenges...

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Geliat warga Sekoyer menanam pohon di Jerumbu, kawasan penyangga Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting. Foto oleh Lusia Arumingtyas / Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

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  • Sungai Sekonyer Village is directly adjacent to Tanjung Puting National Park. Many young people from this village have become conservation activists to protect the conservation area, which faces various problems from illegal logging, mining to forest fires and others.
  • Ariyadi aka Adut Forester, and Samsul, among others, are young people who struggle to find seeds, plant and protect forests in Tanjung Puting. Ariyadi created the Tanjung Lestari Group in Sekonyer Village, which consists of young conservationists.
  • There are 700 people living in Sekonyer Village, the majority of whom work in oil palm plantations. However, many residents, especially youth, are involved in conservation in national parks and tourism.
  • This effort to protect the forest also creates tourism potential for the national park and surrounding villages. As one of the villages bordering Tanjung Puting, Sekonyer has considerable potential for tourism development. Not only conservation tourism but also cultural tourism.

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The klotok boat leaves the dock. Passing through the trees of meranti, renggas, ketiau, lemenaduh, nipah, tentalang, and other swamp endemic plants until meeting at the bend of Sekonyer River, Kumai District, Central Kalimantan, that day.

The Sekonyer River cuts between the Tanjung Puting National Park (TN) zone and the other use areas (APL) and conversion production forest of Sungai Sekonyer Village. Sekonyer is the main route for klotok boats heading to Tanjung Puting National Park.

Sekonyer is not the original name of the river. The name comes from the name of the Dutch patrol boat Lonen Konyer, which was wrecked at the mouth of the river when Indonesian guerrillas fought the Dutch in 1948. The ship's name replaced the name Sungai Buaya, as well as the name of the village that used to be located in the Tanjung Harapan Resort Office.


Tanjung Puting National Park. Photo by ALert. Indonesia, 2022.

Rini, 29, is one of the only women working in the field with the local community to plant trees. Planting trees for her is like taking care of a baby that must be cared for and maintained. Photo by Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

Sekoyer residents planting trees in Jerumbu, a buffer zone of Tanjung Puting National Park. Photo by Lusia Arumingtyas / Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia, 2022.

*Collaborative reporting by Mongabay Indonesia and Betahita. This article was produced with support from the Rainforest Journalism Fund in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center.