This journalistic article reveals illegal logging activities in the Kerinci Seblat National Park area in Muratara Regency. Ironically, this work has become the livelihood of the community around the area, especially those in the Districts of Ulu Rawas, Rawas Ulu, Rupit, Karang Jaya, Muratara Regency.
Revealing cases of illegal logging in the TNKS area so that the government can take action by prohibiting and imposing sanctions. This is also an effort to save forests from illegal logging, so that habitats, animal ecosystems, and tropical rain forests as protectors can remain sustainable.
The investigative reporting technique uses direct interviews with illegal logging actors, from the logging process in the Muratara TNKS forest, timber rotation through the Tiku River, Minak, Maling Tarum, Simpang, Muara Kulam to the village base of illegal logging tauke (financiers). Then sales to wood collectors and smuggling using trucks by land route.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The location for reporting is in the forest and journalists must interview the perpetrators so that they are willing to reveal their illegal logging activities. This paper deserves to be chosen because it reveals the fact that the TNKS forest has been encroached on by the community with the support of investors for a long time. Through this news, at least there is a movement to save the forest from continuous illegal logging activities.
What can others learn from this project?
Every journalist can get an idea that almost all existing forests are very vulnerable to being encroached or exploited, anywhere so that critical efforts are needed to save the forest together by revealing the facts on the ground.