Ministry of LHK intensifies activities to preserve endemic species
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Ministry of LHK intensifies activities to preserve endemic species

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (LHK) has confirmed that it will continue to take intensified measures to protect Indonesian endemic species by suspending the issuance of permits for forest conversion.

In a ministerial broadcast on Indonesia Green TV that could be watched online on Thursday, the ministry’s director of species conservation and genetic diversity, Nunu Anugrah, said that the government had implemented a number of animal protection recovery programmes over the past decade.

“The first way is to stop the conversion of primary forests and peatlands by using the Indicative Plan for Stopping New Permissions (PIPPIB), which strongly supports nature conservation efforts so that wild animals and plants have space to live,” he explained.

The government has also carried out rescue activities such as animal translocation, rehabilitation and release into the wild. In addition, the ministry is implementing habitat and population development activities in biodiversity conservation areas and even outside them.

“Conflict management, policy strengthening and best practice actions are also being implemented to protect species,” he stressed.

Anugrah also pointed out that Indonesia has a FOLU Net Sink 2030 program that includes activities to protect biodiversity in the country.

He added that his side also encourages relevant agencies and entities to implement breeding programmes to maintain a controlled population.

“We also have a supported technology approach and a biobank for species that have low reproduction and are difficult to find (their mates) in nature,” he explained.

Anugrah noted that one of the species the biobank programs have focused on is the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis).

Biobanks store genetic data of endangered, rare species, and technologically assisted approaches are also used to increase their populations.

The Ministry works with local police to prevent the theft of biodiversity and genetic wealth belonging to Indonesia.

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