Indonesia and Finland cooperate to fight global warming by planting trees in a forest within the area of the University of Indonesia (UI) in Depok, West Java, a statement recieved here Sunday.
“The activity will be held on Monday, September 22. Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo, Finnish Ambassador to Indonesia Antti Koistinen and UI rector Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri are scheduled to take part in the activity,” an official of Findland`s Embassy in Jakarta Ivan Alidjaja said.
The activity, according to Alidjaja, is part of Planting Tree Global Day 2008–an event which will take place for 24 hours, starting from Tonga Island following the sun movement, trees will be planted in Asia, Europe, Africa and America.
“Up to this moment, more than 1,100 schools in 13 countries had registered and committed to plant 300,000 plants. In this 2008 program, Indonesia will participate for the first time,” Alidjaja said.
“The aim of the program is to increase people`s awareness of environmental issues and affirmed the importance of trees to fight global warming,” he explained, adding the activity is also a symbol of Indonesia-Findland cooperation in forestry and education.
By the tree planting program in UI, Alidjaja added, Indonesia will take part in efforts to reach at least 1 million trees by the end of 2008.
“The long-term goal of the program is to plant 100 million trees all around the world before 2017,” Alidjaja said.(*)