President Yudhoyono attends Bali mangrove planting event

President Yudhoyono attends Bali mangrove planting event

Profile of mangrove forest in Lamdingin Village, Syah Kuala Subdistrict, Banda Aceh. (FOTO ANTARA/Ampelsa)

... Indonesian mangrove forest is only approximately two percent of the entire country's forest, it certainly can store up to 10 percent of the carbon footprint... "
Tanjung Benoa, Bali, June 26 (Antara) - President Susilo Yudhoyono attended mangrove tree planting event at Telaga Waja Benoa area in Bali on Wednesday.

Themed Save Mangrove, Save Earth 2013, the mangrove planting event was part of an effort to protect mangrove forest along the coast of Bali Island.

The event was initiated by Bali Mangrove Care Forum where all environmental activists, especially the mangrove activists, can align their vision as well as planning and manifesting the mangrove protection, conservation, and utilization.

Also present besides the president were Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan, Environment Minister Berth Kambuaya, a number of ambassadors, institutional leaders, public figures, environmental activists, and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo in March 2013 was appointed to be the Care Forum Ambassador of Balinese Mangrove, which means he is the Indonesian Mangrove Ambassador as well.

Indonesia notably has approximately 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest which is ranked the largest in Asia and even in the world.

According to a number of researches, the mangrove forest is able to capture carbon footprint up to five times more than the land forest.

Even though the Indonesian mangrove forest is only approximately two percent of the entire country's forest, it certainly can store up to 10 percent of the carbon footprint.

Therefore, the existence of the mangrove forest extremely supports the 26 percent reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions and 41 percent emission reduction with the international collaboration in 2020.

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