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Jakarta Post

RI leads global action to save coral reefs

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 4 2016   /  10:29 am

Indonesia will lead a global movement to protect endangered coral reefs following the approval of an international-level resolution on the preservation of the complex marine ecosystems.

The resolution, which is the first global environmental resolution initiated by Indonesia, was approved last week by 170 countries during the Second Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The UNEA is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.

“The resolution is meant to push governments and international organizations as well as stakeholders to take practical steps and actions,” Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said during the UNEA-2.

Indonesia is home to nearly 14 percent of the world’s coral reefs, with the archipelago supporting a wealth of coral diversity including 92 genus and 569 species.