Indonesia launches national blueprint to protect its biodiversityJan 21, 2016
JAKARTA (January 21, 2016) – Indonesia, home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity, on Thursday launched a national action plan to protect and sustainably use its abundant natural resources for the improvement of its 250 million people.
The Indonesian Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (IBSAP) 2015-2020) was developed through a collaboration between the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, with support from UNDP.
The launch included keynote speeches from the First Secretary of Ministry for National Development Planning, Dr.Ir Imron Bulkin, the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Tachrir Fathoni, and Indonesian Institute of Sciences head Dr.Ir Iskandar Zulkarnain. Also in attendance was UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia Douglas Broderick.
Dr.Ir.Imron Bulkin, who spoke on behalf of Bappenas head Sofyan Djalil, said “Preservation of biodiversity is closely associated with the local economy and ultimately to national development.”
The IBSAP provides an outline for how this biodiversity can be utilised sustainably to improve the economic and development opportunities for Indonesia and assist with the nation’s economic independence. This is a vital for Indonesia as its rich biodiversity has significant economic benefits, with the total economic contribution of biodiversity and ecosystems in 2012 being equivalent to US$ 329.9 Million. This, however, is under significant threat owing to the high rates of biodiversity loss due to pollution, climate change, forest fires and exploitation of resources through illegal logging and trade.
The Biodiversity Action Plan is a strong step forward for Indonesia in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the goals of life on land, life below water, responsible consumption and production and climate action. UNDP is currently working around the globe to assist countries to achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030.
The IBSAP will provide Indonesia with a solid foundation to build a common understanding about the importance of protecting its biodiversity and the far-reaching social, economic and environmental benefits.