The Jakarta Post
Greenpeace's legendary campaigning vessel the Rainbow Warrior arrived in Jayapura port, Papua, at around 11 a.m. local time, on Thursday, to start its week-long campaign highlighting Indonesia's biodiversity. The ship has a crew of 15, six female, from various countries.
Jayapura is the first Indonesian port of call after sailing from Australia a week ago.
Papua and Jayapura City administrations gave the Rainbow Warrior and its crew a warm welcome, expressing their pride in the historic arrival of the iconic vessel in Jayapura.
'The Rainbow Warrior has cruised around the world since 1987 to campaign for protecting the earth,' said the Rainbow Warrior's captain, Pete Willcox.
He said Indonesia was a home to globally important biodiversity; however, deforestation and marine destruction had threatened its sustainability.
'Our seas and forests are our future. Greenpeace is calling on the Indonesian government to take immediate action to ensure the protection of the country's biodiversity, including extending and strengthening the moratorium on issuing new permits for forest and peatland conversion,' said Greenpeace Indonesia chairman, Longgena Ginting.
He added that all industrial players, especially Freeport in Papua, should stop harmful extractive practices and should start to move toward a sustainable business for the sake of the country's people, environment and economy.
The Rainbow Warrior will be at anchor in Jayapura from May 9 to 11 and open to visitors. Various activities conducted during the event will be focused on campaigning for the rescue of forests and the sea environment. (asw/ebf)
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