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Airport operator, WWF team up for conservation, education programs

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, March 19, 2019  /  04:31 pm
Airport operator, WWF team up for conservation, education programs

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Maros, South Sulawesi. (Courtesy of Angkasa Pura I/File)

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and conservation group the World Wide Fund for Nature Indonesia (WWF-Indonesia) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on environmental conservation, education and sustainable programs in Mangupura, Bali, on Monday.

“The MoU shows Angkasa Pura’s commitment to support the conservation movement and environmental education,” said AP I president director Faik Fahmi in a statement.

“We believe that our partnership with WWF-Indonesia will generate optimal impact in strengthening commitments for environmental conservation and sustainable business,” added Faik.

The MoU is said to feature several programs, including conservation, education, waste management, tree planting, ecotourism management and the Earth Hour campaign, which will involve 13 airports in eight cities managed by AP I.

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Between March 18 and 30, the airport operator will show Earth Hour videos at 13 airports managed by it.

This year, Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, will be the center of the AP I Earth Hour campaign.

Besides Sultan Hasanuddin, other airports participating in the campaign include Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan, Frans Kaisiepo International Airport in Biak, Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, Syamsudin Noor International Airport in Banjarmasin, Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang, Adi Sutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta, Adi Soemarmo International Airport in Surakarta, Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara, Pattimura Airport in Ambon and El Tari Airport in East Nusa Tenggara.

Meanwhile, other airports will also host several activities, such as Eliminasi Plastik  (Plastic Elimination) in Bali and a clean-up program in Kupang.

AP I said the campaign would not affect airport services, however, passengers and other stakeholders were encouraged to participate in the event by switching off lamps or electronic devices between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time (jes/kes)