|Jakarta (18 July 2018) – With 3 million hectares of mangroves and 300,000 hectares of sea meadows, Indonesia is home to one of the world’s most important coastal ecosystems. Regulation and conservation of these ecosystems not only affects the nation, but can also have global climate adaptation and mitigation implications.
At the 2018 Blue Carbon Summit, Indonesian policy makers, top national and international scientists, civil society, and donors came together to highlight the importance of coastal areas and to urge their inclusion into global sustainable development goals. Highlighted topics included the mainstreaming of blue carbon into Indonesia’s national conservation plans; an economic development agenda, which includes more than carbon, extending to fisheries, transportation, eco-tourism and beyond; and coordination between and within different Indonesian government agencies.
The need to take action
During the opening plenary, Indonesian Academy of Sciences President Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro and Center for International Forestry Research Director General Robert Nasi both highlighted the need to pay attention to mangroves and other coastal areas and to make them a national environmental priority.
“We are here to correct an imbalance, in the news there is a focus on deforestation, but 60% OF THE world’S population lives in coastal areas,” said Nasi. “We have already lost 50% of the mangrove ecosystems, we need to protect what is left.”
“The extensive discussion [during the Blue Carbon Summit] is expected to identify gaps hindering the mainstreaming of blue carbon in the national development agenda and global commitment and pave the way to future direction of blue carbon development in Indonesia,” said Brodjonegoro.
H.E. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, also urged action his opening of Day 2 of the Blue Carbon Summit.
“We cannot treat this problem by just having meetings, we need to do something,” he said. “We can’t just talk about this, we need to think about how to implement for national interest.”
The Blue Carbon Summit was held from 17-18 July at the National Library of Indonesia in Jakarta. The summit was an initiative organized by AIPI in collaboration with CIFOR, and supported by the Global Landscape Forum (GLF).
For more information visit: http://events.globallandscapesforum.org/blue-carbon-summit/