Badung, Bali (ANTARA) - Indonesia and Suriname agreed to collaborate to protect coasts and rehabilitate mangroves, which is considered an important milestone in bilateral relations between both nations.

The agreement was reached during the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, according to the forum's Communication and Media Team on Thursday.

Suriname showed a high level of interest in the sediment capture unit project that was successfully implemented in Demak, Central Java.

Their interest was then formalized in the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.

The collaboration is motivated by efforts to promote and facilitate coastal environmental protection and mangrove rehabilitation.

It aims to increase the ecological, social, and economic benefits of mangrove ecosystems for both countries and contribute to overcoming the negative impacts of global climate change.

The areas of cooperation covered in the MoU include mutually agreed aspects of climate change and mangrove rehabilitation through an ecosystem-based approach and nature-based solutions, including sediment capture unit techniques, maintenance, and data monitoring.

There is an agreement to manage the coastal environment, as well as other areas of cooperation that are mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Meanwhile, the forms of cooperation regulated in the MoU include the exchange of expert or personnel visits, knowledge, experience, and best practices; technical assistance; capacity building; and other forms of cooperation mutually agreed upon by both parties.

On January 25, the two countries signed an MoU regarding cooperation in coastal environmental protection and mangrove rehabilitation.

The MoU was signed by Indonesia's Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, and Suriname's Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment, Marciano Dasai.

At that time, Suriname sent a letter to Indonesia to propose collaboration through knowledge exchange and technical assistance related to green coastal protection and mangrove rehabilitation.

Bilateral relations between the two countries have been ongoing since August 1951, when Suriname was still under Dutch rule, established through a representative office in Paramaribo.

The new collaboration is expected to strengthen bilateral relations and bring real benefits to environmental protection and ecosystem rehabilitation in both countries.

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Editor: Anton Santoso
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