The mangrove forests of Indonesia are the most extensive of any country in the world and extend over 10 million acres. However, many mangrove forest areas are being converted to aquaculture ponds and the mangrove forests are rapidly declining. Forces like fish and shrimp farming, industry and housing construction, intensive agriculture and mass tourism result in rapid erosion and degradation of the coast and riverbanks. This project will plant some 20,000 mangrove and sea-pine seedlings along the river banks of Rambut's river, the estuarine, the coasts and in brackish-water fish ponds in Lawang Rejo, Pesantren and Nyamplung Sari villages, Pemalang, Central Java. These areas that have been severely affected by deforestation and will provide essential habitat and breeding grounds for endangered and threatened species such as crocodiles, dragonflies, white egret, and lotuses. In addition, project partner Wetlands International will be working with local grassroots groups, villagers, and local government foresters and officials to spread the message of sustainable living and its relation to a healthy environment.
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