Indonesia

In a national park plagued by encroachers, Indonesia tries a new approach; Tonggo Simangunsong; Monga Bay

Photo: Rhett A Butler

Suwardi, a 51-year-old from Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, used to work as a laborer for a landlord who managed oil palm and rubber plantations in his home village of Harapan Maju, near Gunung Leuser National Park. He also cultivated a dream: to own his own farmland. One day, about four years ago, Suwardi thought he had an opportunity to get closer to his dream.

Source: In a national park plagued by encroachers, Indonesia tries a new approach

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