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Jakarta Post

RI at risk of losing territory from coastal erosion

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11 2019   /  01:18 am

The government is concerned about the potential threat to its national borders posed by coastal erosion caused by the destruction of mangrove forests on four outermost islands of Riau province near Malaysia and Singapore.The government, through the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, recently hosted a meeting to draft mitigation programs and is now planning to hold another meeting soon.In the coordination meeting last month, the office brought together experts, scholars and relevant government officials to discuss the potential loss of territory due to the erosion of outer islands near the Malacca Straits.The office’s deputy head for natural resources and service coordination, Agung Kuswandono, said such concerns arose after data was analyzed that showed that more than half of Indonesia’s mangrove forests had either been lost or were damaged.“When we saw the data ...