President Jokowi Plants Mangroves with Communities in Cilacap to Anticipate Climate Change
In an attempt to anticipate climate change, President Joko “Jokowi” Thursday (23/9) planted mangrove trees with the community in Tritih Lor Village, Jeruklegi District, Cilacap Regency, Central Java province.
The President also witnessed the mangrove planting which was carried out simultaneously in nine other provinces via video conference. The nine areas include North Sumatra, Bangka Belitung Islands, Riau Islands, Riau, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Papua, and West Papua.
“Mangrove rehabilitation is pivotal to restore, preserve mangrove forest area, and anticipate climate change that is happening to the world,” the President said after mangrove planting.
The Head of State also said that mangrove planting is expected to reduce wave energy, protect coastal areas from abrasion, inhibit water intrusion, and improve the coastal environment and the coastal habitats.
“We hope that mangrove rehabilitation will have an impact on increasing fish production and other marine products, especially crabs. We just got two crabs. Therefore, we hope this activity can increase the income of the people in this coastal area,” he said.
On that occasion, the President also highlighted the Government’s commitment to continuously restore and protect mangrove forests through Ministry of the Environment and Forestry and the Peat and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM).
“We will continue to carry out mangrove rehabilitation conducted by BRGM and Ministry of the Environment and Forestry with the target of 34 thousand hectares of mangrove forests across the country in 2021,” the President remarked. (DND/UN) (RIF/LW)