UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Forestry Launched “The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia’s Marine National Parks” Photography Book and ExhibitJun 9, 2017
“The Magnificent Seven: Indonesia’s Marine National Parks” is produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) to introduce and promote the beauty and diversity of Indonesia’s underwater world, and call on everyone to preserve it.
Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar opened the event on 2 June with Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, parliament member Edhy Prabowo, and UNDP Indonesia Country Director Christophe Bahuet.
UNDP and KLHK are working together to protect the national parks, with plans including the building of homestay facilities in the Wakatobi. The ministers also encouraged the public to visit the national parks.
The book contains photos from seven marine national parks, which has a total area of four million hectares. Every park has a collection of unique species that are hardly found in other areas in Indonesia or elsewhere in the world. UNDP and KLHK wants to show the world the wonders of Indonesia’s seas, in hopes that an increased familiarity will move people to protect it.
The effort is also a show of support of the Ocean Conference, a United Nations gathering to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14—to sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources—held from 5 to 9 June.
Oceans play a crucial role in regulating the earth’s temperature. In Indonesia, 60 percent of the territory is covered by water, therefore the country has a big influence in determining the world’s climate through its waters.
Today, Indonesia has conserved 17 million hectares of its territorial waters—4 million of which are areas reserved for marine national parks.
Indonesia’s seven marine national parks are:
- Kepulauan Seribu in Jakarta
- Karimunjawa in Central Java
- Wakatobi in South East Sulawesi
- Bunaken in North Sulawesi
- Togean in Central Sulawesi
- Taka Bonerate in South Sulawesi
- Teluk Cendrawasih in West Papua
Photos from the book and exhibition can be seen here