With world leaders gathering in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss global biodiversity conservation,World Wildlife Fund Indonesia has urged the Indonesian government to buck up on handling the dramatic biodiversity loss taking place across the archipelago. (Antara Photo/F.B. Anggoro)

WWF Indonesia Urges Govt to Support Biodiversity Conservation Efforts

BY : RATRI M. SINIWI

DECEMBER 09, 2016

Jakarta. With world leaders gathering in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss global biodiversity conservation,World Wildlife Fund Indonesia has urged the Indonesian government to buck up on handling the dramatic biodiversity loss taking place across the archipelago.

Initiated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) gathers 196 world leaders for the 13th Conference of Parties on Dec. 4 to 17 to discuss achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which includes improving wildlife conditions such as water, forests and oceans.

Indonesia’s national strategy in biodiversity conservation was implemented through the Indonesian Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (IBSAP) 2003-2020, which has been revised to IBSAP 2015-2020.

However, according to WWF Indonesia, this plan sounds a lot more "talk" than action.

“The government has not fully integrated biodiversity conservation strategies in any national development planning strategies across sectors, which is necessary as biodiversity requires more than just conservation areas,” said Arnold Sitompul, WWF Indonesia conservation director, in a written statement on Wednesday (07/12).

Additionally after recently publishing the Living Planet report, WWF Indonesia noted there is still a lack of following for conservation in the national economic planning.

“The government must come up with breakthrough ideas in efforts for conservation in Indonesia, by seriously implementing the Action Plan through establishing institutions, policies, and allocating an optimal budget,” he added.

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