Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia, through the Ministry of Environment and Forests, is promoting and supporting concrete actions at the G20 forum to reduce land degradation and rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems.
Director General of Watershed Management and Forest Rehabilitation (PDASRH) at the ministry, Dyah Murtiningsih, made the remarks during a side event at the G20 MPs Meeting on Environment – Working Group on Sustainability (EDM-CSWG) in Jakarta on Wednesday.
During its G20 chairmanship, Indonesia has requested concrete actions from G20 member countries to actively support and contribute to global initiatives to prevent and reduce land degradation, she noted.
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“Indonesia encourages and supports any initiative to make various efforts to reduce land degradation and the rehabilitation of mangroves,” Murtiningsih said Wednesday in Jakarta.
The G20 is an international forum of 19 countries working together to address major issues. Indonesia holds the presidency of the grouping this year.
Indonesia has taken concrete steps by targeting the rehabilitation of 600,000 hectares of mangroves, Murtiningsih said.
Such an initiative was undertaken by the Peatland and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM) to encourage collaboration among stakeholders for the rehabilitation of mangroves, she added.
In addition, Indonesia plans to establish 30 large-scale nurseries to support land and forest ecosystem restoration efforts, including the modern Rumpin Nursery in West Java.
Murtiningsih said significant land and forest rehabilitation efforts have been carried out by various stakeholders and local communities as well as through international collaboration in 108 watershed units, 15 priority lakes, 65 reservoirs, 100 water sources, disaster prone areas, forests with fires. prone areas and degraded lands in 34 provinces.
“The implementation of the mangrove rehabilitation program can also be achieved with education and community empowerment,” she added.
During the side event, BRGM Deputy for Community Empowerment, Gatot Soebiantoro, highlighted the importance of the participation and collaboration of all stakeholders for the rehabilitation of mangroves.
“Including the international community, central government, local governments, academics, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and site-level communities to support mangrove rehabilitation as part of efforts to achieve the goal of the nationally determined contributions (NDC),” he said.
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