South Kalimantan to Rehabilitate 59,000 Hectares of Degraded Land

South Kalimantan Governor Sahbirin Noor plans to plant millions of trees on degraded land as part of the province's green revolution. (Reuters Photo/Enrique Castro-Mendivil)

By : Yose Rizal | on 7:50 PM February 08, 2017
Category : News, Environment

Jakarta. South Kalimantan Governor Sahbirin Noor plans to plant millions of trees on degraded land as part of the province's green revolution.

"We are targeting to plant trees on more than 59,000 hectares of degraded land, which will be done through the implementation of the Green Revolution Movement, beginning this year," Sahbirin told Antara news agency in Banjarbaru on Tuesday (07/02).

The governor said the degraded land is in industrial forests, production forests and forests outside the areas managed by the province's forestry department.

The tree-planting effort aims to reduce the size of degraded land in the province, which currently amounts to around 640,000 hectares.

"We hope that the extensive areas of degraded land can be reduced to create a better environment for our children and future generations," Sahbirin said.

The Green Revolution Movement, spearheaded by the South Kalimantan provincial forestry department, was announced on Friday last week.

With all districts and towns involved, relevant stakeholders are expected to work together for the greater good of the environment and to foster an awareness of the need for nature conservation.

Forestry department head Hanif Faisol Nurrufiq said the Green Revolution Movement aims to plant up to 2.2 million trees of different species.

"The target includes tamarind, jabon, mahogany, false ashoka, dogfruit, bitter bean, albizia chinensis, and royal poinciana trees, while we will also plant 75,000 rambutan and mango trees," Hanif said.

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