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    8,500 hectares of critical land in West Java will be rehabilitated

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    MAJALENGKA - An area of 8,500 hectares of critical land scattered in the Forest Management Unit (KPH) Garut, Sumedang, Tasikmalaya, and Majalengka will be rehabilitated.

    Rehabilitation was carried out after BPDASHL Cimanuk-Citanduy and Perum Perhutani West Java-Banten Divre made a cooperation contract at the Kadipaten Environmental and Forestry Education and Training Center Office, Majalengka Regency, Tuesday (05/28/2018).

    West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) through the Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum appreciated the cooperation. According to him, the rehabilitation program is one form of collaboration to realize the West Java Born and Inner Champion.

    "Today is proof of the collaboration to deal with critical land between the West Java Provincial Government, the Ministry, the Regional Government, the community, including those that are proud of the involvement of Islamic boarding schools," he said.

    The pattern of rehabilitation itself is planned to use agroforestry techniques. Later, 400 hectares of wood species will be planted, such as pine, mahogany, fruits and similar trees.

    According to Uu Ruzhanul, rehabilitation of critical land needs to be taken seriously and carried out by experts. Therefore, he fully supports the presence of vocational vocational schools (SMK) in the fields of agriculture, forestry, environment, and water resources (SDA).

    Moreover, said Uu Ruzhanul, critical land in West Java continues to expand every year. In fact, programs and budgets to tackle critical land have been proclaimed. He also considered that critical land was present due to human activities that did not care about the environment.

    "This means that even if the human population increases, development continues to move because it is really needed, but if human hands are not destructive. If guarding them with the program, God willing, the disaster of critical land and floods will not occur," he said.

    "Therefore, the West Java Provincial Government encourages the success of the replanting program of critical land. We remember an old saying, which is better to leave the spring to our children and grandchildren than to leave tears," Uu Ruzhanul continued.

    The Director General of PDASHL of the Indonesian Ministry of LHK, Ida Bagus Putera Parthama, revealed that the critical land in Indonesia reached 14.3 million hectares. According to him, the portion is quite large in West Java, especially the Cimanuk-Citanduy Watershed.

    "And the impact of this critical land causes various disasters with material and non-material losses," he said.

    Putera explained, if the critical land is in the watershed, then the area can be said to be unhealthy. Unhealthy watershed, he continued, will cause the main river water discharge to be very high when the rain falls, but the water discharge will be very low when the dry season arrives.

    "So, when the rainy season he is excess water can not accommodate, resulting in flooding. In the dry season - because during the rainy season can not accommodate springs also does not come out of water, so that the drought," he said.

    In addition, unhealthy watersheds will erode the quality of land and cause natural disasters such as landslides. "Unhealthy watersheds keep away from termat welfare," he said.

    In Putera's assessment, the core problem of critical land is in spatial planning. According to him, development should be adjusted to the conditions of the existing watershed, so that it does not change the landscape or landscape.

    Therefore, the LHK Ministry also collaborated with the Indonesian ATR / BPN Ministry to build understanding. So, regions that want to revise spatial planning must consider or pay attention to the watershed area.

    The Regional Secretary of Majalengka Regency, Ahmad Sodikin, welcomed the rehabilitation of critical land in his area. Because, this will increase the protected forest area in Majalengka while empowering the surrounding community.

    "We welcome the launching of the handling of critical land and permanent nurseries. This is very beneficial both for the empowerment of communities around the forest in carrying out community nurseries and in efforts to increase protected forest areas in Majalengka Regency which currently only reaches 36.18 percent," he said .

    That way, said Ahmad, the target of protected forest areas in Majalengka Regency could reach 39.19 percent or in accordance with Regional Regulation Number 11 of 2011 concerning the RTRW.

    On the same occasion, there was also the inauguration of the Permanent Nursery (PP). The nursery will produce seeds via vegetative and generative activities using technology. Seeds produced in nurseries can be taken free of charge.

    In addition to launching critical land rehabilitation and PP, the inauguration of the People's Seed Garden was also conducted. The program is the location for making seeds

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