As part of the EU Climate Diplomacy Week 2021 final series, themed Ambition and Action, on 16 October 2021 six European Ambassadors planted 75 trees at Angke Kapuk Mangrove Nature Tourism Park in North Jakarta. H.E. Vincent Piket (Ambassador of the EU for Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam) participated together with H.E. Igor Driesmans (EU Ambassador to ASEAN), H.E. Jari Sinkari (Ambassador Finland to Indonesia), H.E. Lambert Grijns (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia) and H.E. Ina Lepel (Ambassador designate of Germany to Indonesia). This Mangrove Conservation activity was also attended by the EU Delegation from Romania, France, Belgium, Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic. Also joining at the venue, Andhika Rauli Danangputra (Deputy Director Angke Kapuk Nature Tourism Park) together with Jessica Novia (Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Carbonethics).
In his remarks, Ambassador Piket said “Mangrove are ecosystems that will grow throughout tropical and subtropical coastlines. This very peaceful and natural environment is unlike anything we see in daily life, the office streets filled with glass buildings. We are also happy to be able to take part with real action in reducing carbon emission level and in particular sharing this action with our local partner – Carbonethics to fight together in overcoming the climate change crisis.”
Andhika Rauli Danangputra explained that the conservation area mangrove, which is located at Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, is very needed in Jakarta, as the capital city of Indonesia, which is sorely short of open green area with high level of air pollution and is starting to experience beach line erosion and abrasion. “Planting mangrove trees, each leaf indicates one month of age, for adult leaves we will need 10-15 years time to grow. Hence it takes a long time to grow, we will need more actions to plant these trees immediately” he concluded.