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Indigenous turn to ecotourism to protect ancestral forests

After two months of living with local families Dewanto, student at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, has come to appreciate the unique site.“We came here to feel how to live in the middle of ancestral forests and to get to know the local people that have protected the forests for years,” said the 23-year-old. The villagers have banked on eco-tourism, hoping that by attracting students, locals and foreigners alike, they can convince the world of the importance of protecting their land.