31 Oct '16, 4am

North Sumatra’s governor wants to build a road through Mt. Leuser National Park https://t.co/Bm6cmGpNWX

North Sumatra’s governor wants to build a road through Mt. Leuser National Park https://t.co/Bm6cmGpNWX

No roads shall pass through Mount Leuser National Park. So said the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry in response to just such a proposal from the governor of North Sumatra province. The national park is at the heart of the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Southeast Asia’s last great swaths of intact rainforest. It’s the only place in the world where rhinos, tigers, elephants and orangutans still coexist in the wild. It’s also being eyed for development. In September, the ministry official in charge of national parks told Mongabay he had rejected a proposal from the government of Aceh province to rezone part of the Mount Leuser area for geothermal development. The park straddles the Aceh-North Sumatra border. The proposed road would link Karo and Langkat districts. North Sumatra Governor Tengku Erry Nuradi said he intended to refile the request. “Maybe there are spec...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/10/north-sumatras-governor...

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