Minister, ambassador launch coral reef, climate change guide

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty and Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad on Friday launched the Indonesian version of the University of Queensland`s publication "Coral Reefs and Climate Change: The Guide for Education and Awareness".

Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad in collaboration with the University of Queensland arranged for the book to be translated into Indonesian, the Australian Embassy here said in media release on Friday.

"Australia is widely recognized for world class research in environmental sciences. We are pleased that through this book, we will be able to contribute and work together in conserving the beautiful reefs of Indonesia," said Ambassador Moriarty.

The book aims to increase awareness of coral reef science and preservation. It includes recent scientific research with informative images that covers topics including oceanography, coral reef biology and the implications of climate change.

It provides practical tools and recommendations to chart and measure the health of coral reefs and a program to encourage public involvement in reef conservation.

The original publication was launched in Australia in November 2009. The book has been produced and published by the CoralWatch Foundation at the University of Queensland.
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