The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of Germany, Eddy Pratomo, expressed his deep appreciation to the German Government for its support rendered to the Government of Indonesia in its efforts to protect and preserve the tropical rain forest in Sumatra . During a follow-up meeting for the German donation of 7.5 million Euro with the representatives of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Development Bank KfW, and the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) on 25 March 2010 in Berlin, the Indonesian Ambassador stressed that the conservation and protection of the rain forest constitutes one of the priority agenda of the Government.
The donation of 7.5 million Euro by the German Government for the Harapan Rain Forest Project is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) program initiated by the BMU, in which six projects were implemented so far, including the development of eco-tourism, the Heart of Borneo project, energy for the village of Mandiri , preparatory measures for avoiding deforestation, the coral triangle initiative, and the carbon-financed forest management.
The donation will be transmitted to the Foundation for the Conservation of Ecosystems of Indonesian Forests (KEHI) through KfW as an implementing agency for the Harapan Rainforest Project in cooperation with the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia . Other participants in the Harapan Rain Forest Project include Burung Indonesia , Royal Society for the Protection of the Birds (RSPB), and Birdlife International.
The Harapan Rain Forest Project is also the first project formally initiated by NABU in Indonesia to uphold the eco-system. As the largest NGO in Germany in the environment sector, NABU expressed its hope that this project could be a model to be emulated by other countries.
In view of the on-going cooperation in the environment sector with Indonesia , the German Government reiterated its commitment to support the efforts for conservation and protection of the tropical rain forest in Sumatra . The Harapan Rain Forest Project proves that protection of climate and protection of the eco-system go hand-in-hand, at once reducing the carbon emission and protecting the eco-system.