Jokowi to demand palm and mining sites to build nurseries

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, said on Friday that the government plans to build more nurseries by pressuring oil and mining companies to do so in order to tackle climate change from the upstream sector. The government aims to lobby for around 30 nurseries over the next three years.

“I will also push and order every palm oil and mining company to build nurseries, which will help repair the environment where mining sites and palm plantations are located,” the president said. after visiting the modern Rumpin Nursery in Bogor on November 19.

According to the president, his visit to the nursery showed the seriousness of the government in dealing with the effects of climate change, as he claimed that such a facility was capable of producing around 12 million seeds.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said in a written statement that the government has prepared six nurseries in 2020 and will gradually build more in the future. The six are found in West Java, East Kalimantan, North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, and North Sulawesi.

President Jokowi visited the modern Rumpin Nursery this morning with a number of foreign ambassadors, including U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Yong Kim, British Ambassador Owen Jenkins, Canadian Ambassador Cameron MacKay, Ambassador of the European Union Vincent Piket and National Director of the World Bank Satu Kahkonen.

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Dora W. Clawson