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WWF urges Irian Jaya to ensure development projects are environment-friendly

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    More from the Hippocrates Nature Conservation List Source: Antara, August 30, 2000 Jayapura The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has urged
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      WWF urges Irian Jaya to ensure development projects ar
      More from the Hippocrates

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      Source: Antara, August 30, 2000

      Jayapura

      The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has urged Irian Jaya to ensure that
      its development projects do not harm the environment. "WWF considers that
      the development of some projects in the (Indonesian) province does not pay
      much attention to the environmental aspect," director of the WWF`s
      Bioregion Sahul Jayapura, August Ramansara, told reporters here
      Tuesday. Citing an example, Ramansara noted
       that the construction of an access road in the preservation forest of Mt
      Cycloop, being handled by the provincial public works office, has damaged
      the environment.  Moreover, he said, the mountainous part of Irian Jaya is
      the main source of fresh water of people living around Sentani
      Lake. Ramansara further said that Yapen Waropen`s plywood industry has a
      bad impact on the environment, particularly on the species of birds of
      paradise. He warned that if there is no effort to prevent environmental
      damage, the province would suffer from natural disasters in the future. He
      said that the government and the people are largely responsible for protecting the environment. However, he stressed, the provincial administration should pay more attention in giving official approval to development projects and forest management.   
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