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West Papua Province Plants 200 Thousand Trees Since January 2014

SORONG CITY - The West Papua administration has planted a total of 200 thousand trees since January 2014, according to a local official.

The trees were planted as part of the provinces One Billion Tree Planting Movement activities, Hendrik Runaweri, head of the West Papua forestry and plantation office, said here, Sunday.

The trees were planted in various districts and cities, particularly in Remu protected forest in Sorong City and in mangrove forest located in Tambrauw District, he stated.

The movement was aimed at rehabilitating forest and arid areas to support food self-sufficient program in West Papua Province, he explained.

The provincial administration has also encouraged inhabitants of West Papua to plant trees as many as possible and to protect forest.

"Forest preservation can improve the quality of the environment, provide raw materials for the forestry industry and absorb carbon dioxide in the air, which will finally help mitigate the impacts of climate change," he stated.

Meanwhile, the State Enterprises (BUMN) Ministry has planned to plant 3,000 trees along the East Flood Canal located in east Jakarta.

"The BUMN ministry is committed to preserving the environment," BUMN Minister Rini Mariani Soemarno said in Jakarta, Sunday.

The trees will be planted along a four-km-long flood canal to help strengthen the soil construction and prevent abrasion.

"Today, some 800 trees are planted, and the remaining 2,200 trees will follow soon," the minister stated.

The trees will be monitored and taken care by PT Bakti Usaha Menanam Nusantara Hijau Lestari through the state enterprise Perhutani for three years to come, to make sure that they will grow well.

"BUMN is an agent of national development, so all state enterprises will help preserve the environmental across the country," she added.

"Lets work, work and work as instructed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), to improve the performance and preserve the environment," she stated. [Antara]

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