East Kalimantan receives a visit from a Canadian team to reinforce the concept of green development

Photo by Hudais Tri Putra / East Kalimantan Provincial Regional Secretariat Administrative Office

BALIKPAPAN – On behalf of the Governor of East Kalimantan, Acting Secretary of East Kalimantan Province H Riza Indra Riadi attended the exploratory visit of the Canadian Embassy team in East Kalimantan at the pool terrace of the Novotel Balikpapan hotel, on Sunday, February 6, 2022.

The event brought together GGGI Indonesia representative, Marcel Silvius, and the Canadian Embassy’s Climate Change and Environmental Development Team, East Kalimantan Regional Climate Change Council Daily Chairman, Prof. .

The exploratory visit by the Canadian Embassy’s Climate Change and Environmental Development Team to East Kalimantan Province was followed virtually by the Chief Representative of the Canadian Embassy, ​​Ms. Gayle Barnett.

“I welcome the team from the Canadian Embassy in East Kalimantan,” Riza said, beginning her opening remarks.

Through this meeting, Riza hopes that a very synergistic and united cooperation will be established so that the implementation of the mangrove and biodiversity program can continue.

“I hope we can all work well together, so that we can support our joint commitment to the concept of green development,” he said.

Riza explained that East Kalimantan province has a mangrove area of ​​291,000 hectares, a mangrove ecosystem area with 111,000 hectares (38.4 percent) still vegetated with mangroves.

Mangroves, he continued, are scattered on the east coast of East Kalimantan, from Paser, North Penajam Paser, Balikpapan, Kutai Kartanegara, Samarinda, Bontang, East Kutai and Berau.

Only two areas (Kutai Barat and Mahakam Ulu), he said, do not have a mangrove ecosystem.

“East Kalimantan is very open to donor countries in the development of mangrove forests,” he concluded.

The representative of the Canadian Embassy, ​​Jamal Gawi, said that Canada in particular and its various programs (Canada) entered East Kalimantan for the mangrove forest development program.

Meanwhile, GGGI Indonesia representative Marcel Silvius acknowledged that environmental programs are not just about preserving, mitigating and anticipating global climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

“But what about this program, mangrove forests also have economic value for people,” Marcel said.

The activity for 2 days (February 6-7), the team will visit the mangrove areas (mangroves) of North Penajam Paser and Balikpapan.(yans/sul/adpimprov kaltim)

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