Why Gunung Leuser National Park Matters?
Gunung Leuser National Park is the source of life for both, humans and animals so far, no one could deny it. While Bukit Lawang is one of the villages where most of its people generate tourism incomes using Gunung Leuser National Park as its host.
Based on an economical point of view, Gunung Leuser National Park is undeniably to be very important, while ecologically, Gunung Leuser National Park plays a vital role to provide sources of life such as water, fertile soil, good air, pollination stability, and many more that could be definitely categorized as a healthy ecosystem.
“During my study before establishing SUMECO in Bukit Lawang that I expected to be able to preserve its biodiversity sustainably, Gunung Leuser National park has been the one to provide me with all the lists of species that I would like to observe for my own study, I was not expecting that at my first visit.” Bobi Handoko.
Gunung Leuser National Park ecosystem is one of the most important conservation areas on earth. Located in two northernmost provinces of Sumatra islands, covering Aceh and North Sumatra, with an area of 2.6 million hectares, it’s very rich with its biodiversity.
Gunung Leuser National Park spans 13 regencies of Aceh province, including West Aceh, Nagan Raya, Southwest Aceh, South Aceh, Singkil Aceh, Subulussalam, Southeast Aceh, Gayo Lues, Central Aceh, Bener Meriah, North Aceh, East Aceh, and Aceh Tamiang, and 4 regencies of North Sumatra province, including Langkat, Dairi, Karo and Deli Serdang.
It’s a Home to the Massive Numbers of Species.
Gunung Leuser National Park contains dense biodiversity, making it becoming popular for being an irreplaceable habitat for thousands of plant species and animals, most of them, are endemic. Gunung Leuser National Park contains more than 4,000 identified plant species. Those are plants providing food for villagers and animals.