PTFI Works with MOEF to Improve Environmental Sustainability
12 June 2023
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), the Peat and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM), and PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) agreed on a cooperation plan to restore mangrove forest ecosystems in East Kalimantan. The 2,000 hectare mangrove ecosystem restoration plan is part of the commemoration of 2023 World Environment Day.
The three parties agreed on the cooperation plan through the signing of a memorandum of understanding represented by the Director General for Pollution Control and Environmental Damage (PPKL) Sigit Reliantoro, BRGM Secretary Ayu Dewi Utari, and PTFI President Director Tony Wenas at Melawai Beach, Balikpapan, on Saturday (10/10/2019).
The rehabilitation of the mangrove ecosystem in Balikpapan is part of the government's program to rehabilitate 600,000 hectares of mangrove land in 2021-2024 in nine priority provinces, including East Kalimantan.
The Director General of PPKL Sigit Reliantoro said that the collaborative plan to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems is part of the National Mangrove Rehabilitation Roadmap to maintain landscape stability in various regions in Indonesia, while realizing a green economy. "The government appreciates the seriousness of the partners, namely BRGM and PTFI, to work together to create a more sustainable environment," he said after signing the memorandum of understanding.
In addition to covering efforts to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems and plants, the memorandum of understanding also includes community empowerment programs around the mangrove ecosystem restoration sites. This community empowerment includes providing education to the community regarding the importance of mangrove ecosystems, as well as involving the community in mangrove rehabilitation efforts with the aim of improving community welfare.
"In order to support the acceleration of mangrove rehabilitation, BRGM requires the role of various parties. In this case BRGM is collaborating with PT Freeport Indonesia in restoring a 2,000 ha mangrove ecosystem. This collaborative activity also includes mangrove community empowerment activities at the site level," said Head of BRGM Hartono.
The plan to restore the 2,000 hectare mangrove ecosystem in the memorandum of understanding is part of PTFI's target to plant mangroves in an area of 10,000 hectares until the end of the mining period. To date, PTFI has planted more than 2.8 million mangrove trees in an area of more than 500 hectares in the Muara Ajkwa area, Mimika Regency, Central Papua Province.
“PTFI has the same goal as the government to improve environmental sustainability and community welfare in various regions in Indonesia. PTFI's synergy with KLHK and BRGM once again confirms PTFI's commitment to always operate responsibly and continue to provide long-term added value to the environment and society," said PTFI President Director Tony Wenas.
In addition to signing the memorandum of understanding, all parties along with 30 community representatives also carried out a 2 hectare mangrove planting activity in Buluminung Village, Sotek Subdistrict, North Penajam Paser Regency, which marked the declaration of a 2,000 hectare mangrove planting program. All parties will follow up on the signing of this memorandum of understanding by drafting and signing a cooperation agreement covering the technical implementation of peat restoration, including details of activities and financing plans.
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