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Indonesia lauds Germany for helping save Sumatra forests

LONDON, March 29 — Indonesia has lauded Germany for its support to help save and protect the tropical rain forests in Sumatra, Antara news reported.

Indonesian Ambassador to Germany Eddy Pratomo made the remark at a meeting with officials of the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Development Bank (KfW) and the President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) recently.

The embassy's socio-cultural counsellor, Agus Priono said in a press statement issued on Sunday, the meeting was a follow up to the launch of German grant worth 7.5 million euros for the Harapan Rainforest project in Jambi and South Sumatra provinces.

The grant is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) program launched by BMU, he said.

The grant was channelled through KfW to the non-for-profit foundation Yayasan Konservasi Ekosistem Hutan Indonesia (KEHI) as the project's implementing agency in association with the Forestry Ministry.

The ambassador said forest protection and conservation efforts were high on the list of the Indonesian government`s priorities.

Therefore, Indonesia warmly welcomed the stakeholders' active participation in carrying out the Harapan Rainforest project as a manifestation of their efforts to conserve tropical rain forests in Sumatra.

So far, six cooperation projects carried out by the Indonesian government and the German ministry under the ICI scheme had been running well, including the development of biodiversity-based sustainable tourism at Pangandaran in Kalimantan, preparatory measures for avoided deforestation, coral triangle initiative and carbon-financed forest management. (PNA/BERNAMA)

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