The Rainbow Warrior is in Jakarta at the conclusion of a month-long journey around the country to tell the story about the beauty of Indonesia’s rich biodiversity on land and at sea(1). Greenpeace is now sounding the alarm on the urgent need to protect Indonesia’s natural assets from the increasing threats they face.
“In the past several years, Indonesia has made big leaps in ensuring biodiversity protection,” said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director. “Such progress is a promising signal of the country’s leadership in environmental protection in the region. But the scale of what still needs to be done remains enormous. The headways achieved in environmental protection need to be escalated and sustained.”
Indonesia is on the right path in saving the environment with programs such as the Moratorium on forest destruction and the Coral Triangle Initiative. But while the moratorium and its extension last month enables Indonesia to stem a tidal wave of deforestation, it still needs to be strengthened by including all forests and peatland, and by allowing for the review of existing permits. In terms of oceans protection, the country also has an urgent and key role to play in strengthening regional and global initiatives for just, responsible and sustainable use of the world’s oceans resources.
Indonesia is identified as one of the megadiverse countries in the world. Its seas are among the most diverse coastal and marine habitats, home to the greatest number of hard coral species in the world. Approximately ten percent of the world’s rainforests are also located in the country. However, Indonesia is a marine biodiversity hotspot, and also has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world.
A UN report released last month by a High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, which includes Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, reaffirmed the clear linkage between biodiversity protection and economic progress. The report also confirmed that a sustainable development agenda is “the right thing, the smart thing and the necessary thing to do.” Greenpeace believes that for Indonesia to continue in this path government, private sector and civil society organizations must work together to enact the right solutions.
“The Rainbow Warrior is here in Indonesia to support President Yudhoyono’s initiatives to protect the country’s biodiversity,” said Longgena Ginting, Greenpeace Indonesia Country Director. “Our ship has borne witness to the beauty of Papua’s forests and how communities are practicing sustainable forest management. We have also documented the richness of the seas Cenderawasih Bay and Raja Ampat. We have seen firsthand fishing practices that destroy the oceans, and how communities and civil society are working together to enable a Joint Vision for the Oceans of Indonesia in 2025(2). Our oceans and our forests are our future and we must work together to protect it.”
The Rainbow Warrior that docked today in Jakarta is the newest Greenpeace ship and one of the most environment-friendly vessels of its kind. Greenpeace ships often sail to remote areas to bear witness and take action against environmental destruction. It is open to the public for tours from June 8-9, 2013. Please visit this page for details. Those who wish to be part of the campaign can sign up here.
The Rainbow Warrior tour of Indonesia is part of the Greenpeace “Ocean Defender tour of Southeast Asia.” In June and July, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza will continue this tour in Thailand and the Philippines to call for oceans protection throughout the region.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.
Longgena Ginting, Head of Greenpeace Indonesia, 0811877620
Hikmat Soeriatanuwijaya, Media Campaigner for Greenpeace Indonesia, 081380473866
For Photo, Grace Duran Cabus,Greenpeace Southeast Asia Photo Officer,
For video, Godi Utama, Greenpeace Indonesia Video Producer,
NOTES TO EDITORS:
(1) Link to the journey story so far www.greenpeace.or.id
(2) “Joint Vision for the Oceans of Indonesia in 2025” was discussed and declared by civil society organizations in Bali when the Rainbow Warrior docked at Benoa Port on May, 31st 2013. Note: Link to the Vision (Both in English and Indonesian)