Daily Archives: July 27, 2018

44 hotspots detected in Musi Rawas, S Sumatra, during January-July

Musi Rawas, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) – As many as 44 hotspots had been detected in Musi Rawas District, South Sumatra Province, during the January-July period.

The hotspots were found in 14 sub-districts in Musi Rawas, Paisol, Head of the Musi Rawas disaster mitigation office, said here, Thursday.

Among the affected sub-districts were Muara Kelingi, Muara Lakitan, Muara Beliti, and Selangit.

However, he believed that the hotspots did not come from forest fires but from chimneys of state oil and gas company Pertamina and hot zinc.

None of the hotspot came from forest fires, he noted, adding that if there is one, he would closely monitor and check them with the cooperation of the military and police.

Meanwhile, the government is preparing a number of anticipatory measures to overcome the potential of forest and land fires, ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

“The steps have been many and easily manageable,” Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar stated, after a coordination meeting on anticipation of forest and land fires ahead of the Asian Games in the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Building, in Jakarta, on July 24.

She explained that the anticipatory steps to prevent forest and land fires are mostly carried out in South Sumatra, such as water bombing and weather modification for rain.

In addition, she added that the government has also set up various surveillance posts in certain hotspots by providing guidance to farmers on the method of planting oil palm ahead of the planting season and arresting those who burn land.

Besides, the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) will drill 200 artesian wells in six villages in Ogan Komering Ilir, a land fire-prone area that could spread the haze to Asian Games venues in Jakabaring sport complex in South Sumatras city of Palembang.

“There will be 200 artesian wells. We are focusing on areas that could affect the Asian Games. Based on analysis, we have started to build (artesian wells) in six villages in OKI (Ogan Komering Ilir), which could spread the haze to Jakabaring,” BRGs Deputy of Construction, Operation and Maintenance Alue Dohong remarked here on Wednesday.

Source: ANTARA News

44 hotspots detected in Musi Rawas, S Sumatra, during January-July

Musi Rawas, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) – As many as 44 hotspots had been detected in Musi Rawas District, South Sumatra Province, during the January-July period.

The hotspots were found in 14 sub-districts in Musi Rawas, Paisol, Head of the Musi Rawas disaster mitigation office, said here, Thursday.

Among the affected sub-districts were Muara Kelingi, Muara Lakitan, Muara Beliti, and Selangit.

However, he believed that the hotspots did not come from forest fires but from chimneys of state oil and gas company Pertamina and hot zinc.

None of the hotspot came from forest fires, he noted, adding that if there is one, he would closely monitor and check them with the cooperation of the military and police.

Meanwhile, the government is preparing a number of anticipatory measures to overcome the potential of forest and land fires, ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

“The steps have been many and easily manageable,” Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar stated, after a coordination meeting on anticipation of forest and land fires ahead of the Asian Games in the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Building, in Jakarta, on July 24.

She explained that the anticipatory steps to prevent forest and land fires are mostly carried out in South Sumatra, such as water bombing and weather modification for rain.

In addition, she added that the government has also set up various surveillance posts in certain hotspots by providing guidance to farmers on the method of planting oil palm ahead of the planting season and arresting those who burn land.

Besides, the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) will drill 200 artesian wells in six villages in Ogan Komering Ilir, a land fire-prone area that could spread the haze to Asian Games venues in Jakabaring sport complex in South Sumatras city of Palembang.

“There will be 200 artesian wells. We are focusing on areas that could affect the Asian Games. Based on analysis, we have started to build (artesian wells) in six villages in OKI (Ogan Komering Ilir), which could spread the haze to Jakabaring,” BRGs Deputy of Construction, Operation and Maintenance Alue Dohong remarked here on Wednesday.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesias three national parks listed in UNESCO biosphere reserves

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesias three national parks — Berbak Sembilang in South Sumatra and Jambi, Betung Kerihun Danau Sentarum in West Kalimantan, and Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara — have been officially listed in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

The three parks were selected at the 30th International Coordinating Council of the Man and Biosphere Programme (ICC-MAB) held in Palembang on Wednesday (July 25).

At the hearing, the Indonesian delegation was led by Permanent Delegate of Indonesia to UNESCO Ambassador Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, who was accompanied by officials from the Environment and Forestry Ministry, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Foreign Affairs Ministry, and the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, according to a press release received on Thursday.

The sessions, held on July 23-28, 2018, were attended by 401 delegates from 50 countries.

At the opening of the hearing, Ambassador Pandjaitan conveyed the Indonesian position and commitment regarding biosphere conservation, in which Indonesia has integrated the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Action Plan into the national program. Indonesia will also continue to develop new biosphere reserves.

Meanwhile, members of the International Coordinating Council (ICC) of MAB UNESCO unanimously approved Indonesia as chairman of the ICC MAB for the 2018-2020 period. The Indonesian government has appointed Prof. Enny Sudarmonowati, LIPI deputy of life sciences, as a representative of Indonesias chairmanship in the ICC MAB for the next two years.

The MAB program has been initiated since 1971 as a scientific forum to promote environmental conservation, biodiversity, and sustainable development.

The MAB seeks to combine environmental aspects with social, economic, and education, so that the livelihoods and welfare of the people can be balanced and safe in line with the ecosystem of the environment.

There are currently nearly 700 biosphere reserves in 120 countries, with 14 in Indonesia.

Source: ANTARA News

Marsudi seeks commitment to search three missing Indonesian crews

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has sought the South Korean governments commitment and full attention for the search of three Indonesian ship crews, who reportedly went missing in a shipwreck in Japanese waters.

“The Indonesian government has a high commitment to provide protection to Indonesian citizens abroad, so I urge the South Korean government to conduct a continuous search for these three Indonesian crews,” Marsudi noted in a statement released by the ministry on Thursday.

Marsudi has also conveyed such request to her South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-Hwa during a working visit to Seoul.

Three Indonesian crews, who worked for the South Korean-flagged ship, reportedly went missing after a shipwreck in Japanese waters.

The news was confirmed by the Foreign Ministrys citizen protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, on Thursday, after the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul received the information from the Busan Coast Guard.

On Thursday at 7 a.m. local time at sea near Tokyo, the Longline 803 Tongyeongho collided with the 101 Keumyangho ship. Both ships are South Korean-flagged vessels.

The 101 Keumyangho sank, with 18 Indonesian crew members on board the ship. A total of 15 Indonesian crew members survived, while three crews went missing at sea.

In addition to Indonesian citizens, the ship was also manned by seven South Korean crews, six Filipino crews, and seven Vietnamese crews.

“The Korean authorities are looking for the missing crews, including three from Indonesia,” Iqbal stated.

So far, the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul is continuing to coordinate with the local authorities, including the Busan Coast Guard, for the search.

Source: ANTARA News