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World Ocean Conference: Monument of hope

  • Indah Setiawati

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 5 2009   /  11:18 am

Putting it all together: Pintor (left) checks on the stainless-steel words part of a monument for the upcoming World Ocean Conference. A new 9-meter-high monument has been created to complement the May 11-15 World Ocean Conference (WOC) and the Coral Triangle Initiatives (CTI) summit in Manado, North Sulawesi. However, it will not only be memorable for the conference’s participants, or simply a striking background for the photo session of the six heads of state behind the launch of the CTI, an initiative aiming to halt the degradation of coral colonies and preserve the vulnerable species from the impact of global warming. The monument carries a deeper message for mankind to safeguard the ocean, which is the key to preventing global warming according to its designer and creator, Pintor Sirait. “The ocean contains the world’s oldest history. If we don’t protect it...