Minister Luhut discuss environmental issues with the Dutch Minister, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

Coordinating Minister for Marine Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan discussed environmental issues including climate change efforts with Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen in The Hague, Netherlands.

Press releases in Jakarta on Friday called the meeting one of the topics discussed was the activity of young, environmentally minded businessman Boyan Slat, founder of the non-profit Ocean Cleanup project.

Luhut admires what Slat is doing and hopes the young generation of Indonesia can create innovations or tools that can clean the Indonesian sea from plastic waste.

The former Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security even hopes the university can create a competition that can encourage young people to be innovative and protect the environment, especially our sea.

Minister van Nieuwenhuizen said that although Slat's discovery is important, more importantly it is the mentality of young people to constantly look after the environment.

Minister van Nieuwenhuizen, who recently returned from the Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, found that adaptation to environmental change was urgently needed. However, what happens nowadays is only sharing ideas.
She hopes Indonesia can also share experiences of how the country adapts to environmental change.

The Netherlands itself, she added, has established a new international body aimed at sharing expertise in adapting to climate change. "The Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), which is being built by the Netherlands with support from Japan and the United Nations environmental program, will be launched next year.

"We welcome if Indonesia can participate or share experiences in dealing with climate change," said Minister van Nieuwenhuizen.

Responding to the offer, Luhut agreed and said Indonesia as a country experiencing climate change will be able to help.

"The sea is our future, the sea is the biggest part of our country and next year we will hold an international conference to discuss this, of course we will also invite the Netherlands.

The issue we discussed at the Climate Conference is also a mangrove, where 23 percent of the world's mangroves exist in Indonesia. As the largest archipelago, I think Indonesia plays an important role in terms of environment," he concluded

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