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Jakarta Post

Rainbow Warrior welcomed in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Thu, May 9, 2013   /  09:39 pm

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.

'€œThe 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.

'€œOur 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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