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Indonesia | Enviros push for protection of river with last of Irrawaddy dolphins

JAKARTA — Conservationists in Indonesia are pushing for the establishment of a protected area along a stretch of Borneo’s Mahakam River to save the remaining population of the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphin.

The government of Kutai Kartanegara district in East Kalimantan province has requested the approval of the fisheries ministry to designate the part of the Mahakam River that runs through the district as a hydrological park. This would confer some protection on the ecosystem while still allowing for sustainable local fisheries.

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