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K-Pop stars to help Indonesia save our forests: Minister

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /   01:11 pm
K-Pop stars to help Indonesia save our forests: Minister Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar (third left) and Korea Forest Service Minister Kim Jae-hyun (third right) hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Incheon from June 17 to 21. (Courtesy of Forestry and Environment Ministry/-)

Indonesia asked the South Korean government to invite K-Pop stars to campaign for Indonesian forests in a bilateral meeting in Incheon, South Korea, a top official said in a statement on Wednesday.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said she met with Korea Forest Service Minister Kim Jae-hyun on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) in Incheon, South Korea.

Siti hoped that with the involvement of K-Pop stars, the issue would attract more youths. She mentioned several Indonesian celebrities who had campaigned for the same thing: Oppie Andaresta, Glenn Fredly and Nicolas Saputra. She said she hoped celebrities in both countries could collaborate to campaign.

“The forms of collaboration could be a millennial festival for the forests, youth exchange between Korea and Indonesia, especially those in education, culture and knowledge to prepare future leaders in forestry and environment,” she said.

The statement said the Korean minister welcomed the suggestion and he promised to discuss it with the Korean Embassy in Jakarta. Siti said her Korean counterpart would contact K-Pop stars for the collaboration.

In the statement, Siti expressed her appreciation for the ongoing collaboration between South Korea and Indonesia on national parks, peatland management and the development of wood pellet. (dmy)