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Indonesia, Malaysia Conduct Joint Patrol in Malacca Strait

VOI NEWS 10.05.2017, 13.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

Indonesian and Malaysian military personnel are conducting joint patrol and excise code named Patkor Optima-26A/17 in the Malacca Strait. Commander of the Tanjungpinang Naval Base Colonel Ribut Eko Suyatno, representing the commander of the western Indonesian marine security, opened the event in Batam, Riau Islands province, on Tuesday. The Indonesian side in the joint patrol and exercise comprise personnel of the Indonesian Navy, the Indonesian Police, the Customs and Excise Office, the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla), and the Marine and Coast Guard Unit (KPLP). He also said that Marine security is not merely related to sovereignty and law but it also entails understanding that sea must be safe for users and must be free from threat and disturbance to any activity. He added that the sea must be free from the threat of violence such as piracy, sabotage, and terrorism. Above all, the sea must be free from navigational threat, which may put shipping safety on the line, and must be free from the threat of pollution and marine ecosystem destruction///ANTARA


EU Hopes Indonesia to Maintain Tolerance and Pluralism

A delegation of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei has called on Indonesia to maintain its long held tradition of tolerance and pluralism. The statement apparently came following a court’s decision on Tuesday to mete out two years imprisonment for outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) for insulting Islam.  A statement uploaded from the official website of an EU delegation to Indonesia and Brunei said that the European Union has always appreciated the Indonesian leadership as the world’s largest Muslim country, as a strong democracy , proud for its tradition of tolerance and pluralism. Indonesia and the European Union have agreed to promote and protect rights mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights such as freedom of thought, inner self, religion and opinion expression. The EU said the freedoms constitute interrelated and interdependent rights, protecting all persons including rights to express opinions on religions and faiths in line with international human rights. The EU delegation said in its statement that the European Union is consistent in its statement that law that discriminatory criminalization of insult of religion could bring about serious hindrance on freedom of expression and religion and faith///ANTARA


47 Botanical Gardens Ideal for Indonesia

Indonesia is rich with biodiversity in all regions. Some of the biodiversity are conserved in botanical gardens. Indonesia needs more botanical gardens. It was said by Head of Center of Botanical Plantation Conservation of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Didik Widyatmoko to the Voice of Indonesia in the sideline of Seminar of Botanical Gardens and Water Resources Management at LIPI’s Conservation Building in Bogor West Java on Tuesday.

“We are optimistic that we could develop 47 botanical gardens representing 47 Indonesian eco-regions. They reflect biodiversity of Indonesia. There must be one botanical garden for every eco-region. Eco-region is a geographic area which has the same characteristic of plantations, animal, soil and climate. So if we build botanical garden, where certain plantations exist, it might be successful. That is the strategy. At least 47 botanical garden,” he said.

Didik Widyatmoko hopes in the next 5 until 10 years LIPI could build botanical gardens in the eastern part of Indonesia. He also asked local administrations which have no botanical garden to cooperate with LIPI in order to build one respectively. It could also be beneficial for the local people// (Voi/Faisal/edit r)

Botanical Garden Solution for Water Crisis

A number of regions in Indonesia are suffering clean water crisis. The people in small islands and border areas have limited access to clean water. It was said by Head of Indonesian Institute of Science LIPI, Iskandar Zulkarnain in a press conference on the sidelines of a Seminar on Botanical Gardens and Water Resources Management in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday. According to Iskandar botanical garden is a solution to the clean water crisis.

“Botanical garden plays a role as site of water resources conservation. How much water the botanical garden could provide for local people, depends on how much water in the soil of the garden. The amount could be converted to the need of water per family and per individual to make simulation. The point is that a botanical garden could prevent water crisis,” he said.

Iskandar Zulkarnain said further, the solution of the water scarcity should also be accompanied by integrated water resources management. According to him LIPI in the last view years has succeeded in applying a concept of water security in a small area or island with limited access to clean water with a variety of LIPI innovations of technology. Iskandar said the concept is called One Island, One Plan, One water. (Voi/AF/trans: r)

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