Monday, December 1, 2008
Indonesian president declares national tree planting day
Cibinong (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has declared November 28, 2008 as The National Tree Planting Day and December as the National Tree Planting Month.
The president made the declaration at Limnologi Cibinong Research Center of Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Cibinong, Bogor, on Friday.
President Yudhoyono declared the national planting day to mark simultaneous planting of 100 million trees nationwide in 2008.
The tree planting program, initiated by the Forestry Ministry, was intended to familiarize national tree planting and tree caring movement as part of national culture and life style.
On the occasion President Yudhoyono planted nyamplung or bintanggur tree (calphyllum inophyllum) -- a coastal tree from which oil is extracted, while First Lady Ani Yudhoyono planted sukun or breadfruit tree.
The first lady is also scheduled to plant breadfruit and coconut trees to mark the launch of tree planting movement for Indonesian women at Ancol Ocean Park in Jakarta on December 1, 2008.
Meanwhile, coordinator of the tree planting movement Erna Witoelar said on Thursday that the nationwide movement would focus on planting and caring of edible trees, medicinal plants, and fingerling breeding for daily consumption of the people.
The painting is by Nancy Merkle