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ASRI Receives Nature Conservation Award from KLHK

The efforts of the Alam Sehat Lestari Foundation (ASRI) to harmonize nature conservation and community health around the forests of Kalimantan together with its partners are bearing sweet fruit. ASRI was awarded the award which was handed over directly by the Minister of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Siti Nurbaya, Wednesday (08/11/2023).

This nature conservation award was presented at the peak of the 2023 National Nature Conservation Day (HKAN) commemoration which was held at the Tangkiling Hill Nature Tourism Park (TWA), Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. ASRI received an award in the KSDAE Partner category from NGO Elements Supporting Strengthening the Function of Conservation Areas.

ASRI's Director of Resource Mobilization, Nur Febriani admitted that he was very proud to be able to represent ASRI in receiving an award from the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya. He said this was a form of appreciation given for the efforts that ASRI has made to create a healthy, prosperous community and sustainable nature around the forests of Kalimantan. "This is an appreciation for the good collaboration between the community, NGOs and the government to jointly protect forests which are very important for Indonesia and the world," he said.

He also said that this award was the result of collaboration with partners from government elements, as well as communities around the forest. "Thank you very much to our partners, the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Office and the Gunung Palung National Park Office, as well as to the community, the Forest Guardians," he said.

To the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Office (BTNBBBR), Andi Muhammad Kadhafi hopes that this collaboration can continue so that the forest and the surrounding communities can continue to live in harmony.

"We hope that the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park area will be better maintained, protected, and the people will be prosperous because they are healthy with the presence of ASRI. I would like to thank ASRI for providing support to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. "Hopefully ASRI will be even more successful," he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Gunung Palung National Park (BTNGP), Himawan Sasongko, said that since 2009 until now, the collaboration between ASRI and TNGP has been running very well and productively. According to him, health services combined with ecosystem restoration, awareness and community empowerment activities carried out by ASRI is an excellent program innovation. "This supports the management of the Gunung Palung National Park area," he said.

Apart from ASRI, the Nature Conservation Award was also given to 17 other winners from individuals, community groups, government agencies, to business entities who have contributed to carrying out activities that support environmental and forestry sustainability, especially in the field of natural resource and ecosystem conservation.