One Health underpins RI's biodiversity efforts: minister at UN summit

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister for Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, stressed on Indonesia's commitment to promoting biodiversity at the United Nations (UN) Summit on Biodiversity, which was held online in between the 75th UN General Assembly.

"We need to continuously make our world a decent place for the harmonious lives of all living things. For Indonesia, the One Health approach, combining healthy environment, healthy animals, and healthy people, is one that is appropriate in the midst of the current global conditions," she told the summit, according to a statement received from the ministry here on Thursday.

She stressed that the approach underpins Indonesia's policies in the field of biodiversity, including the determination of around 66 million hectares of 120 million hectares of forest area, or 35 percent of the 190 million hectares of land area, and determining 23.38 million hectares, or 7.19 percent, of the area under sea as protected zones.

Indonesia has also strengthened the function of high conservation value forests (HCVF) in 1.34 million hectares of concessions and consolidated fragmented animal habitats to ensure the safety of species, she noted.

In addition, the nation has succeeded in increasing the population of several rare and endangered species, such as the Javan Rhino, the Sumatran Elephant, the Sumatran Tiger, and the Balinese Curik bird, she said.

Indonesia has also developed three types of bioprospections, including for the anti-frost bacterium isolate, anti-cancer, and fungi, which have a high economic value, she informed.

During the meeting, the minister invited all stakeholders to build a Post-2020 Cooperation Framework on mutually beneficial issues, including support for developing countries in resource mobilization and technology transfer.

She also urged the use of conservation areas as centers of environment-friendly economic growth, such as for ecotourism and the development of medicinal plants and other genetic material.

Such measures can be undertaken through a fair benefit-sharing mechanism that appreciates local wisdom in regard to the use of information and materials to maintain biodiversity, she suggested.

"We must also strengthen the implementation of other global agendas such as the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement," Siti Nurbaya said. (INE)

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