31 Aug '17, 12am

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Even more than the bridge itself, conservationists worry about the development of its access road, which has already resulted in the bulldozing of a four-kilometer long, 100-meter wide strip of forest between a mangrove ecosystem and the Sungai Wain Protection Forest. The borders of the protected forest can be seen clearly from the newly cleared land, sometimes a mere 200 meters away. The strip that has been razed, however, is zoned for “other uses” — a designation known as APL — rather than as “forest area.” The Balikpapan administration has set it aside as a plantation and industrial zone. Local conservationists have lamented the zonation. “The area is crucial because it’s a corridor connecting the wildlife in the land forest of the Sungai Wain Protection Forest and the coastal forest,” said Hamsuri of the local green group Balikpapan Bay Concerned Forum (FPTB). The plan...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/08/ecological-disaster-con...

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