Jokowi Inaugurates Modern Rumpin Nursery, Emphasizes Climate Change Mitigation Measures – Economy
Josa Lukman (Jakarta Post)
Sun Jun 12, 2022
As the world races to achieve net zero emissions goals, it is clear that collaboration between governments and the private sector is essential to the collective effort to mitigate the effects of climate change.
This point, which was reaffirmed at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November last year, can be seen in the new modern Rumpin Nursery. The nursery produces seedlings to distribute in critical and landslide-prone areas in an effort to mitigate climate change.
Located in Rumpin, West Java, the nursery was officially inaugurated on Friday by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in a ceremony also attended by Minister of Environment and Forests Siti Nurbaya, Director General of the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group Anderson Tanoto, representatives of the World Bank and ambassadors of friendly countries.
“It is the process of rehabilitating our environment; improving our environment through clear, concrete and quantifiable actions,” Jokowi said at the inauguration of the Rumpin nursery.
The Rumpin nursery was developed within the framework of the Public-Private Partnership (KPBU) involving the Ministry of the Environment and Forests, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing and the APRIL Group.
Construction of the nursery began in March last year and was completed in October, with production and distribution of pre-harvest seedlings beginning in December. To date, approximately 1.74 million seedlings have been distributed.
The government has set a target of 30 nurseries built over the next three years, with an annual production capacity of 10 to 12 million seedlings per center and an expected combined production of 360 million seedlings per year.
“It’s not about how many hectares we will work, but how many seedlings we can produce,” Jokowi said at the ceremony, adding that eight more nurseries are expected to be completed this year.
Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar revealed in her report that the construction budget for the Rumpin nursery is nearly 70 billion rupees ($4.8 million), adding that the nursery inspired by that of the APRIL Group’s own incubator.
“The model for this large-scale nursery is derived from the APRIL Group’s nursery system design, which in turn will serve as a benchmark for building nurseries across Indonesia. As instructed by the President, similar nurseries are being built in North Sumatra, North Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and East Kalimantan,” Siti said.
RGE Group Managing Director Anderson Tanoto said APRIL Group, a subsidiary of RGE, is grateful for the opportunity to support the development of the incubator.
“We are proud that APRIL’s technology and expertise in the cultivation of seedlings are recognized as a reference for the development of nurseries in Indonesia, and that they will ultimately support reforestation and restoration programs in the country. . We will continue to support the oversight of this nursery project with KLHK,” Anderson said.
Apart from the nursery, the ceremony also marks the launch of the Mangroves for Coastal Resilience (M4CR) program and the Global Mangrove Center in Balikpapan Bay as part of the government’s mangrove rehabilitation programme.
By the end of 2024, Jokowi called for at least 600,000 mangrove areas to be successfully rehabilitated, covering Riau, North Sumatra, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and Bali.
“It also means starting from seedlings, from nurseries like this, so that it is clear and concrete in which direction we are going to make improvements, because we know that mangrove forests can reduce and absorb carbon at a rate four times greater than ordinary tropical rainforests can,” he said.
In her report, the Minister of Environment and Forests, Siti Nurbaya, said that the commemoration of the World Environment Day 2022, which was held in Rumpin, was not without reason, because Jokowi has always focused on productive activities and stages.
“The concrete steps referring to the existence of the large-scale nursery at Rumpin show the President’s strong encouragement to the government’s efforts to restore degraded lands, led by the large-scale supply of seeds for continued and controlled planting for become trees that will improve nature,” she says.
This article is published in collaboration with the APRIL Group.