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Protecting the Food Sources of the Nagari Paru Forest (bahasa Indonesia)

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Jaka HB
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View from the highlands of West Sumatra. Image courtesy of Syukri Erwin/Shutterstock. Indonesia.
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Nagari Paru's Indigenous forest was not built in a short time. Now, the people who built it are...

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Citizens in West Sumatra guard the forest in order to maintain water resources for agriculture to keep flowing. Image by Jaka HB / Mongabay Indonesia.

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Illegal logging in Nagari Paru, Sijunjung Regency, West Sumatra, has been going on for a long time. The Ban Rimbo, a protected forest that should not be disturbed, has become a target for loggers. Since the decades of 1970 and 1980, the roar of a chainsaw engine has been a common occurrence.

Sahirman, Datuak Gadang Jolelo, who was born and raised in Nagari Paru, remembers those days. As farmers and planters, the local community slowly began to understand the effects of losing trees around plantations or rice fields.


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Kiri kanan jalan di Nagari Paru, hutan nan rimbun. Foto: Jaka HB/ Mongabay Indonesia
Lush forest is visible to the left and right of the road in Nagari Paru. Image by Jaka HB/Mongabay Indonesia.
Ternak dan sawah di Nagari Paru. Foto: Jaka HB/ Mongabay Indonesia
Livestock and rice fields in Nagari Paru. Image by Jaka HB/Mongabay Indonesia.
Hutan lindung atau rimbo larangan di Nagari Paru. Foto: Jaka HB/ Mongabay Indonesia
Protected forest in Nagari Paru. Image by Jaka HB/Mongabay Indonesia.
Sawah di Nagari Paru. Warga nagari menjaga hutan, antara lain, demi menjaga sumber air buat pertanian tetap mengalir. Foto: Jaka HB? Mongabay Indonesia
Rice fields in Nagari Paru. Citizens protect the forest, among others, in order to maintain water resources for agriculture to keep flowing. Image by Jaka HB /Mongabay Indonesia.

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