WWF: Heart of Borneo Beats Stronger
Bandar Seri Begawan (9/9)
– WWF is optimistic about the future of the Heart of Borneo following the seventh trilateral Heart of Borneo meeting in Brunei Darussalam 4-7 September 2013. The trilateral meeting brought together government representatives from the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia, with an aim to refresh and recommit to the common trilateral vision for green economic development on the island originally launched in 2007.
Thomas Maddox, WWF Heart of Borneo Initiative Leader, stated that “The three Bornean governments have individually demonstrated substantial progress in the Heart of Borneo. This meeting represented the beginning of a new phase for moving forward with important commitments made on implementing green economies in Borneo as well as a clear desire to increase cross-border collaboration and cooperation”. He added that WWF will continue in its role to support the three governments deliver their vision in any way they can.
The event comprised a two-day meeting between the government agencies responsible for the Heart of Borneo followed by a High Level Ministerial Meeting between the three ministries directly responsible for the Heart of Borneo. At the initial meeting, representatives reviewed progress to date and committed to a number of new initiatives. For the first time, representatives of Bornean communities were present at the meeting.
The Ministerial Meeting was attended by honoured guests and opened by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Royal Patron for the Heart of Borneo Initiative (HoB) in Brunei Darussalam. During the opening ceremony, His Royal Highness presented a joint award to the three countries from WWF International in recognition of the work achieved in the Heart of Borneo so far. The meeting ended with agreement on the Bandar Seri Begawan Joint Statement, which reaffirmed the commitment of the three countries to the Heart of Borneo and emphasized the importance of a green economy approach to environmental conservation.
WWF has been supporting the three Bornean nations to preserve and sustainably manage the Heart of Borneo area since the trilateral Heart of Borneo Declaration in 2007.
Note to Editors:
- WWF has been supporting the three Bornean nations to preserve and sustainably manage the Heart of Borneo area since the trilateral Heart of Borneo Declaration in 2007.
- Hires PHOTOS of the 7th Heart of Borneo Trilateral Meeting can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/17Ky1Zn
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For more info, please kindly contact:
Thomas Maddox, Leader, WWF Heart of Borneo Global Initiative
About Heart of Borneo
The Heart of Borneo (HoB) covers more than 220,000 km2 of equatorial rain forest across the countries of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. In February 2007, the governments of the three countries signed the HoB Declaration, committing to cooperate in achieving one conservation vision for the benefit of people based on protected areas and sustainable land uses. Together they emphasized the fact that these tropical rainforests not only have strategic local and national functions, but also global.
About WWF Indonesia
WWF-Indonesia is the largest and the oldest environmental NGO in Indonesia. WWF-Indonesia started working in Indonesia since 1962. Currently, this organization delivers conservation in 28 field offices from Aceh to Papua and more than 400 staff. Since 2006, WWF-Indonesia is supported by more than 54,000 supporters. More info, please visit: www.wwf.or.id