KLHK, BRGM, and Freeport Indonesia to Rehabilitate 2,000 Hectares of Mangrove Land in East Kalimantan

10 June 2023


Balikpapan – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), the Peart and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM), and PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) have agreed to collaborate over plans to  restore mangrove forest ecosystems in East Kalimantan. The proposed restoration of 2,000 hectares of mangrove forest ecosystems forms part of World Environment Day 2023 commemoration.

Agreement among the three entities was validated through signing of a memorandum of understanding by the respective representatives, namely Director General of Environmental Pollution and Degradation Control (PPKL) Sigit Reliantoro, BRGM Secretary Ayu Dewi Utari, and PTFI President Director Tony Wenas, at  Pantai Melawai, Balikpapan, on Saturday (10/5) morning.

Rehabilitation of the mangrove ecosystem in Balikpapan is part of a government 2021 – 2024 program for rehabilitation of 600,000  hectares of mangrove lands across 9 priority provinces, including East Kalimantan.

PPKL Director General Sigit Reliantoro divulged the proposed collaboration on rehabilitation of mangrove ecosystems is part of the National Road Map for Mangrove Rehabilitation aimed at maintaining landscape stability in various regions in Indonesia, as well as realizing a green economy. “The government appreciates the earnestness of the entities concerned, namely BRGM and PTFI, to act in synergy to bring about better environmental conservation,” he stated following signing of the memorandum of understanding.

In addition to mangrove ecosystem rehabilitation efforts, the memorandum of understanding covers a program for empowerment of communities surrounding the mangrove ecosystem rehabilitation sites. Community empowerment encompasses educating the communities on the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and engaging them in mangrove rehabilitation efforts towards increasing their wellbeing.

“Towards supporting accelerated mangrove rehabilitation, BRGM needs various entities to participate. In this case BRGM is working together with PT Freeport Indonesia to rehabilitate 2,000 hectares of mangrove ecosystem. This collaboration will include site-level participation by mangrove communities,” Head of BRGM Hartono said.

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