Japan to keep backing Indonesia in biodiversity conservation: official

14:26, June 05, 2010      

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by Cundoko Aprilianto

The Japanese government will keep supporting Indonesia in biodiversity sector with projects of mangrove conservation, national park rehabilitation and forest management expertise, an official has said.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Kawamoto Akitoshi, advisor on Biodiversity Conservation at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said that indeed Indonesia has many problems in biodiversity conservation, prompting Japan to provide help especially for rehabilitation at protection areas so that animals and trees could grow without interruption.

"We have eight projects at national parks in Indonesia, such as Taman Nasional Sembilan in Sumatra Island and Taman Nasional Bromo-Tengger-Semeru at East Java province," said Akitoshi, adding that the JICA has been conducting the projects for six months.

He said that Indonesia and other developing countries could get fund assistance from the Japan's Ministry of Environment and the United Nations University Institute of Advance Studes (UNU-IAS) in their project called Satoyama Initiative, but they will collect information first about what must be prioritized.

"I can't say now about the funding assistance but we will talk about at the Conference of Parties (COP) 10 in Japan's Nagoya on October. We will make a common understanding. And based on it, we will make a policy what we must put for priority. We will make the decision on the event," said Akitoshi.

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