Nurturing the Future Guardians of Gunung Palung National Park
Etty Rahmawati, Community Outreach and Conservation Education Officer, ASRI
Gunung Palung National Park is a diverse ecosystem of mangroves, swamp and montane forests southeast of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Sadly, 20% of the unfenced national park is reportedly lost to logging and farming in the past two decades. Much of the illegal logging has ended, but conservation awareness remains weak. A local non-profit organization, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) works on protecting the environment by improving quality of life for local communities, including providing a series of environmental classes for children and teenagers. We join one of the classes with the ASRI Teens Enggang group.
Tags: The Bigger Picture, Earth Matters, conservation, rainforests, Kalimantan, education, Indonesia, Gunung Palung, Pontianak, Sukadana, ASRI, teenagers, orangutan, forestry, deforestation, logging, Energy, Environment, Environment/Sustainability