"The commemoration of Flora and Fauna Day aims to improve public awareness on the importance of protecting and preserving flora and fauna," Atit Kanti, LIPI's head of the Biological Research Center, noted here on Tuesday.
"Today, we attempt to strengthen again our care for and awareness of environmental preservation," Kanti remarked while speaking at a seminar on Management of Indonesian Biodiversity Toward Industry 4.0 Revolution and Sustainable Development Goals.
Kanti appealed to protect floral and faunal habitats, especially to prevent endemic and endangered species from becoming extinct.
Every stakeholder, especially industrialists and the public, in general, must care for environmental preservation in the industry 4.0 era.
In the meantime, the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry will hold the Nusantara Biological Diversity (Biodiversity) Expo at Banteng Square, Central Jakarta, from Nov 8 to Dec 8, 2019, to draw attention of the millennial generation to Indonesia’s biodiversity.
"As the expo is themed 'Promoting Flora and Fauna to the Millennial Generation for Excellent Indonesia,' we hope that several millennials would visit the Nusantara Biodiversity Expo and partake in the preservation of animals and plants," Djati Witjaksono Hadi, spokesman of the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry, stated on Monday.
As the world's largest archipelagic nation, Indonesia has abundant species of plants and animals as well as a unique ecosystem.
Indonesia has over 25 thousand species of flowering plants, comprising 10 percent of the world's flowering plant species.
The country also has some 500 mammalian species, 600 reptilian species, some 1,500 species of birds, some 270 species of amphibians, and over 2,500 species of fish, or constituting 45 percent of the world's fish species.
The younger generation should be aware of this country's biodiversity, so they can participate in the preservation and conservation of nature.
The exhibition is being held to mark National Flora and Fauna Day focused on stepping up awareness among members of the younger generation over the criticality of preserving and protecting the country's biodiversity. Related news: Nusantara Biodiversity Expo scheduled in Jakarta on Nov 8-Dec 8
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