President Jokowi Declares National Movement of Wildlife and Plant Rescue
President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Thursday (14/4) morning flew from Atang Sendjaja Bogor Air Force Base to Karya Island, Panggang Island Regency, North Thousand Islands Sub-district, Thousand Island Administrative Regency, on Indonesian Air Forces Super Puma Helicopter to lead the ceremony of the Declaration of Wildlife and Plant Rescue Movement as a part of the International Day of Forests.
On that occasion, President Jokowi will also give directives and declare the National Movement of Wildlife and Plant Rescue. The President is also scheduled to sign an inscription marking the inauguration of Pramuka Island Sea Turtle Conservancy and Kotok Besar Island Brahminy Kite Conservancy.
In addition, President Jokowi is also slated to release Hawksbill Sea Turtle hatchlings on the Coast of Karya Island.
For the record, the International Day of Forests is observed on 21 March based on the Resolution of the United Nations (UN) Number 67/200 of 2012.
In the meantime, the theme selected to mark the 2016 International Day of Forests is Forests and Water. Through this theme, the UN tries to raise peoples awareness that forests are the key to the planets supply of freshwater that is crucial for peoples lives.
Indonesia is a country with the third largest area of tropical rainforest in the world after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo; thus, its forests do not only impact the Indonesian environment but also the global environment.
Therefore, through International Day of Forests, it is hoped that a prudent, environmentally friendly, and balanced management of tropical forests between conservation and economic factors will be manifested. It is also hoped to support energy independence and food sovereignty given that Indonesias forests play a strategic role in the life support system. (RAH/ES) (RAS/EP/YM/Naster)