The awards are given to motivate them to continue (to implement environmental-based innovations) in their respective regions.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Environment and Forestry Ministry held a ceremony here, Wednesday, to bestow the 2022 Kalpataru Award on 10 environmental community heroes and the 2021 Nirwasita Tantra Award on 42 regional government leaders nationwide.

The Kalpataru award is conferred on groups or individuals for helping to conserve the environment in Indonesia, while the Nirwasita Tantra is bestowed on regional leaders, who have succeeded in applying green and sustainable policies.

Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry Alue Dohong noted in his remarks at the ceremony that the awards had been routinely conferred on those found to have concerns on environmental issues and had implemented various sustainable innovations benefitting the social, economy, and environment sectors.

"The awards are given to motivate them to continue (to implement environmental-based innovations) in their respective regions," he stated.

Dohong remarked that government leaders and environmental activists can become role models and a source of inspiration to encourage greater participation from other individuals and community groups to maintain the environment.

On the occasion, the ministry handed out the 2022 Kalpataru Award to five categories of awardees: environmental pioneer (individuals), supporter (field officers or civil servants), protector (community groups), as well as patron (community leaders, business actors, or researchers).

Another category is the environmental collaborative space.

Recipients of the award in the pioneer category are Rudi Hartono (Kubu Raya District, West Kalimantan Province), Da'im (Lumajang District, East Java Province), Leni Haini (Jambi City, Jambi Province).

Meanwhile, Zulkifli (Ternate City, North Maluku Province) and Dodi Permana (Lahat District, South Sumatra Province) were awarded in the supporter category.

The 2022 Kalpataru Award was also given to the Sahabat Bekantan Indonesia (SBI) Foundation (Banjarmasin City, South Kalimantan Province), the KOFARWIS Forest Farmers Group (Biak Numfor District, Papua Province), and the Mului Customary Law Community (Paser District, East Kalimantan Province) in the protector category.

Furthermore, the award in the patron category was bagged by Eliza Marthen Kissya from Central Maluku District, Maluku Province, and Rasely Sinampe from North Toraja District, South Sulawesi Province.

The Clean Ciliwung Movement (Jakarta) received the award for the collaborative space category.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Nirwasita Tantra awardees were divided into three categories of the best regional head, best regional legislative body (DPRD), and best government.

Each category was divided into province, large district, medium district, small district, big city, medium city, and small city levels.

Central Java, West Java, and East Java were respectively placed first, second, and third in the provincial government category for the 2021 Nirwasita Tantra Award.

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