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East Java communities show the power of working together

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:38 PM
Contributors: Forest Stewardship Council
Communities in the mountains and rainforests of the East Java regency of Probolinggo are forging ahead in Indonesia’s battle against deforestation and destruction of natural forests.

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Some estimates are that Indonesia has lost almost half its original forest cover in the past century. The country’s efforts to address the crisis include encouraging sustainable community-based forestry.

In Probolinggo, in some areas where forests are community owned, farmers work together in a cooperative, KSU Alas Mandari KTI (KAM KTI), which they set up in 2007.

 

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