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Lampung Finds Solution to Forest Conservation

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Lampung administration has developed a forest conservation area which involves residents. Since 2000, 6,537 households near Rigil hill and Tangkit Tebak forest in West Lampung municipality have taken part in the “Forest Community” program, regreening the 12-hectare forest which was damaged by illegal logging.

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Mandi Balimau Ritual: Pekanbaru, Riau, Sumatra

October 27th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-mandi-balimau-ramadhan.jpgIn Indonesia, Muslims celebrate Ramadhan in various ways. In Riau, they take part in the mandi balimau, or lime purification ritual. Usually occurring the last day before Ramadhan, the tradition of greeting the fast by cleaning oneself with limes in the river has been handed down from the royal Islamic kingdoms. But while it was traditionally a celebration of restraint, outings to local rivers to celebrate the last day before fasting begins is so popular today that mandi balimau has become a mass picnic attracting tourists.

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Sumatran Rhino Population Increases: Lampung, Sumatra

October 19th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

Some rare good news for the threatened Sumatran rhinoceros has come out of Lampung. The Sumatran rhinoceros population in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas National Park in Lampung has increased in the past nine years. A survey by the Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) and Yayasan Badak Indonesia in 2007 found the population of the rare animal had risen by between 24 and 30 rhinoceroses.

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Nurturing Nature: Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra

October 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Extending from Tanggamus and West Lampung regencies in Lampung province to Kaur regency in Bengkulu, the 356,000-hectare Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP) is home to rare wildlife and vegetation as well as a haven for conservation researchers.

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Studying the Ecological Value of Bats: Way Canguk, Sumatra

October 2nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

As night falls, Way Canguk Research Station manager Meyner Nusalawo stands in a corner of the BBSNP, holding a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with his peers, who have put up nets between two trees in the middle of the park as a bat trap.

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Kopi Luwak

September 17th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

For Nusamba Wurintara, the most prized arabica coffee beans on his plantation are not those growing on bushes but the ones he finds among the undergrowth, wedged in the excrement of wild palm civets.

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Palembang Flea Market: Palembang, Sumatra

September 12th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Jakarta may have its Jl. Surabaya and Taman Puring flea markets but Cinde Market in Palembang is a bargain-hunter’s utopia. Cinde Market in fact comprises two markets, situated side by side. One is a traditional market in a two-story building on Jl. Sudirman, the other a flea market that takes up parts of Jl. Karet, Jl. Raden Muhamad, Jl. Raden Nangling and Jl. Cinde Welan.

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Possible Dutch Cultural Center: Aceh, Sumatra

September 11th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province is considering setting up a Dutch cultural center in a bid to preserve historical sites dating back to the Dutch colonial ruler. “We will try to set up a Dutch cultural center in Aceh in the near future,” Governor Irwandi Yusuf said in a plenary session with the local legislative assembly.

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Ancient Batak Plaques Unearthed: Medan, Sumatra

September 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The Medan Archeological Center has found two ancient relics in the form of stone plaques believed to be left by former Batak rulers, which archeologists say date back to the 14th century.

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Mandahara Kids: Jambi, Sumatra

September 3rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Sumatra represents a vast natural resource in the archipelago. Some parts are still extensive, a good place for wild animals. Traveling in the transmigration area where most locals come from Bugis, Banjar and Java, people will see the contrasts that exist in the soon-to-be prosperous land in the jewel of Indonesia.

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