We will not be able to properly protect our coral reefs if we continue to implement policies as usual. Drastic measures are needed to save the world’s corals
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government is calling on G20 member countries to jointly lead the restoration of coral reefs in Indonesia, as real action has been deemed necessary to avoid further damage and improve coral health conditions in Indonesia.
“One of the concrete actions is to carry out conservation and restoration activities under the Indonesia Coral Reef Garden (ICRG) programme,” said Jodi Mahardi, assistant for the coordination of maritime resources of the Ministry of Coordination of Maritime Affairs. and investment, during an Ocean 20 workshop titled ‘No Coral Reef Behind’ in Bali, quoted in an official statement received here on Monday.
The G20 is a forum for multilateral cooperation comprising 19 major countries and the European Union (EU), which represents more than 60% of the world’s population, 75% of world trade and 80% of world gross domestic product (GDP).
G20 members include South Africa, United States, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, France, China, Turkey and the European Union.
Mahardi noted that the determination of the conservation area was to protect and utilize the function of coral reef ecosystems as a support for aquatic biota around corals in the present and the future.
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“Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) and Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) as well as local governments have now implemented this conservation function. Conservation areas have been proven to protect the coastal areas on small islands and create sustainable environmental management,” he said.
Mahardi also pointed out that awareness of the importance of coral reefs began in 1998 with the existence of the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (Coremap).
Coremap includes the Initiation Phase, the Acceleration Phase and the Institutional Strengthening Phase, with a total investment of over $170.77 million.
“The implementation of Coremap in Indonesia not only improves coral conditions, but also has implications for increasing the diversity of marine biota that will directly improve the well-being of coastal communities,” Mahardi remarked.
On the same occasion, the Saudi Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Osama Faqeeha, underlined the importance of coral reef health for the well-being of the community and the conditions general environmental health.
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“We will not be able to properly protect our coral reefs if we continue to implement policies as usual. Drastic measures are needed to save the world’s corals,” he said.
In an effort to demonstrate his country’s seriousness, Faqeeha said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will donate $10 million per year for the first 10 years to support coral conservation and restoration programs.
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He also encouraged other countries, members and non-members of the G20, as well as the private sector to contribute to the preservation and restoration of corals.
A representative of the Global Funding Organization for Coral Reefs (GFCR), Yabanex Batista, also stressed that his organization would prioritize Indonesia as a target for coral reef restoration and conservation programs.
During the workshop, Mahardi presented plans to establish a Coral Stocks Center (CSC) and build a Global Center of Excellence (GCoE) on coral reefs as the world’s premier center for the development of science and technology related to coral reef ecosystems.
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