Indonesia to restore mangrove forests to cut carbon emission

  • Indonesia
  • Sunday, 26 Jul 2020

JAKARTA, July 26 (Xinhua): Indonesia will replant about 1,800 hectares of mangrove forests across the country by 2024 in an effort to ease the release of carbon emission and preserve the marine eco-system, an official said here.

The move came as the archipelagic nation has recently pledged to speed up the carbon emission reduction by 26 percent this year and 29 percent in 2030.

"The replanting is one of the main targets in the effort to rehabilitate the mangrove forests in Indonesia," Aryo Hanggono, Director General for Marine Spatial Management of Indonesia's Marine and Fisheries Affairs Ministry, said in a statement issued by the ministry on Sunday.

According to the ministry, the mangrove forests can store greenhouse gases more than five times than those of the inland forests.

The official pointed out that the restoration also aims at warding off abrasion in coastal areas and bolster the eco-tourism.

This year, the ministry has pledged to restore 200 hectares of mangrove forests, said the official, adding that the reforestation would take place in coastal areas in Indonesia's two main islands of Sumatra and Java besides Lombok Island in the country's West Nusa Tenggara province, according to him.

Indonesia, with a 95,181km coast line, has 3.49 million hectares of mangrove forests, equal to 23 per cent of the total size of the world's mangrove forests.

About 33 per cent of Indonesia's mangrove forests have suffered damages, according to the government's data. - Xinhua
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