Eco-warriors awarded for efforts to preserve biodiversity

The country’s Biodiversity Conservation Trust Fund (Kehati) Foundation bestowed awards to five individuals and a private company for their significant contributions in protecting the country’s biodiversity through their actions and activism.

The namesake awards have six categories: Prakarsa Kehati for individuals or NGOs, Pamong Kehati for government officials, Inovasi Kehati for small businesses, Cipta Kehati for scientists or academics, Citra Kehati for journalists or artists and Tunas Kehati for young activists.

The foundation opened the registration for the nominees from December last year until March 31 this year.

Among the winners this year was Rubama M, who won the Prakarsa Kehati award. She is an activist from Aceh who was recognised for her efforts in advocating for forest and habitat protections in the Leuser Ecosystem Area.

The winner of the Pamong Kehati award was Jarot Winarno, who has served as regent of Sintang in West Kalimantan since 2015.

He was awarded for promoting sustainability through the Sintang Sustainable Action Plan in a regulation he had issued.

The regent is known for his efforts in protecting up to 865,000ha of forest cover in Sintang through his policies, including sustainable palm oil management, while demanding concession owners to follow proper protocols and regulations on sustainable palm oil.

As for the Inovasi Kehati Award, the recipient was PT Karya Dua Anyam, or Du’Anyam, a fashion company in East Nusa Tenggara.

It focuses on empowering the local economy of women by producing and marketing weaved crafts made from leaves of waru and lontar palm trees. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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