WWF rehabilitates mangrove area

WWF rehabilitates mangrove area

22 April 2008

JAKARTA: In conjunction with Earth Day the World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia and the Tarakan administration signed an agreement here Monday to rehabilitate the mangrove area on the island of East Kalimantan.

The reforestation is expected to reinstate the mangrove’s function as a habitat of flora and fauna, which can be developed into a center for research, a tourist resort and a fish breeding area.

WWF-Indonesia executive director Mubariq Ahmad said many mangrove forests in Indonesia had fallen victim to fish ponds, the timber industry and shrimp refrigerating plants.

“Mangrove rehabilitation in Tarakan can be adopted in other areas in the country,” he said.

Source: The Jakarta