Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said on Sunday that he asked US entrepreneur Elon Musk to make contributions to mangrove rehabilitation efforts.

Luhut also invited Musk to attend the groundbreaking of the International Mangrove Research Center in Bali.

Speaking at the Tri Hita Karana-World Economic Forum in the Kura-Kura Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Denpasar, Bali, Luhut said that he conveyed the invitation to Musk when they met earlier on the day.

Luhut said that he and Musk discussed the Starship rocket, and the former offered a launch pad for SpaceX's rocket in Biak, Papua.

"Another issue I discussed with him was mangroves. I said, 'You always talk about rockets and so on, but you should also talk about climate change, and one of the issues is mangroves'," Luhut said.

He said that Indonesia has a mangrove ecosystem rehabilitation program in an area of 600,000 hectares spread across various regions of the country.

The first-phase planting of mangroves has reached 200,000 hectares, and until now, the program still continues.

Musk, in response, said that Tesla also cares about the environment, Luhut said.

The groundbreaking of the IMRC will be carried out by President Joko Widodo on Sunday.

"I think this is very important in the climate change issue, and we can do a lot by working together, and I am happy that the SEZ is striving to facilitate this," Luhut said.

Musk, SpaceX's owner, was in Bali to attend the launch of Starlink. Luhut said that the launch is a step to reduce the number of internet blind spots in remote areas.

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