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Education Program of Forest Conservation in Java

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Forests in Java Island are threatened

The condition of forests in Java is increasingly alarming and threatening the life of society and the preservation of wildlife endemic to Java. Based on the data of deforestation rate, issued by the Forest Department of 2003-2006, the fastest deforestation occurred in Sumatra, which was 268,000 hectares per year or 22.8% of the total average of the deforestation rate in Indonesia (1.17 million hectares per year). This was seconded by deforestation in Kalimantan for 239,000 hectares per year (20.4%), Sulawesi Island for 114,700 hectares per year (9.8%), and Java for 2,500 hectares per year or (0.2%).

Although the deforestation in Java is smaller than other areas, but the remaining forests in the Island is vital. Java with the densest population, is an island that is almost not noticed for the forest condition. In fact, the forests in Java are habitats for so many endangered species such as Javan eagles, Javan gibbon, Javan langur, slow loris, surili, and Javan rhino. Forests in Java are also important in maintaining the availability of water supply for humans.

To our estimation, the current deforestation in Java during the period 2007-2010 is 10,000 hectares per year. The area with the largest deforestation is in East Java, 438.1 hectares per year.

ProFauna Works to Protect Forest

ProFauna is very concerned for the forest protection in Java because they are decreasing. ProFauna works to protect forests in Java include:

  • Record wildlife and plant biodiversity in the forests
  • Law enforcement encouragement
  • Reforestation
  • Education

ProFauna believes that education is very important to raise the awareness of public including young people on forest conservation. Thus, ProFauna carries out education programs for forest protection such as film screening of forest conservation in the villages and education for school children. ProFauna invites the children or young generation to know more about forest conservation through games and adventure activities in the forest.

The education activities are held by ProFauna’s education center for nature conservation called Petungsewu Widlife ProFauna Education Center (P-WEC). P-WEC regularly conducts camps for young people to learn more about the forest.

ProFauna together with the local communities also performs reforestation at the foothills of Kawi Mountain by planting various kinds of trees. Most trees planted are fruit trees. ProFauna thinks that later on the local people can harvest the fruits but not cut down the trees.

Where ProFauna works for education of forest protection?

Recently, ProFauna has worked for the education programs of forest conservation in three areas: the Grand Forest Park (Tahura) R. Soerjo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and Mount Kawi. Tahura R Soerjo plays important role in maintaining the hydrological function in East Java and as the habitat for more than 100 species of birds. While the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is rich of tropical rain forest biodiversities and as the most favourite eco-tourism destination in East Java.

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