Landmark agreement signed between IUCN and the Indonesian government to protect biodiversity

27 August 2014 | Article

Bangkok, 24 August 2014 – IUCN and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia have signed a Host Country Agreement which lays the foundations for future collaboration on efforts to protect and conserve the country’s rich biodiversity while also ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and promoting the development of nature-based solutions to global challenges.

The agreement was signed in Bogor, Indonesia and in Bangkok, Thailand. The signing event in Bangkok preceded the meeting of IUCN’s Asia Regional Committee of Member organizations, and was witnessed by IUCN President Mr Zhang Xinsheng and more than 70 representatives of IUCN Members, Commissions, partners and donors from 22 countries throughout Asia.

Made up of an archipelago comprising around 17,000 islands, the Republic of Indonesia is home to rich biodiversity and natural resources from ridge to reef. It has been identified as one of the world’s 17 "megadiverse" countries, embracing two of the world's 25 biodiversity "hotspots". Indonesia is home to 10 percent of the world's flowering species; and 12 percent of the world's mammals with about 140 of its species threatened by extinction.

With a population of approximately 250 million, Indonesian biodiversity is facing increasing pressure from habitat degradation and fragmentation, overexploitation, climate change and forest and land fires. It is estimated that around 40 million people living in rural areas are directly dependent on biodiversity and natural resources for their subsistence needs.

The agreement will facilitate the establishment of an IUCN Country Office, and will allow IUCN to more effectively channel the expertise available through its specialized Commissions and other networks to support programme implementation in the country. In addition, IUCN will collaborate with the Government to build national capacity to conserve biodiversity and other natural resources and secure the benefits of sustainable development in Indonesia.

For further information please contact:
Jane Lawton, Head, Asia Communications, IUCN Asia Regional Office
T: +66 818319006 E: Jane.LAWTON@iucn.org
Dararat Weerapong, Senior Communications Officer, IUCN Southeast Asia Group
T: +66 895178543 E: dararat.weerapong@iucn.org