Madrid: The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) is helping Timor Leste deal with waste and plastic issues. The cooperation was realized because of the closeness of the territories of the two countries.
"The historical ties between the two countries and the closeness of landscapes and ecosystems make cooperation between the two countries always very important," said Deputy Minister of KLHK Alue Dohong at the Ifema Building in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
According to Alue, Indonesia already has a policy base and regulations related to handling land waste, including plastics and marine waste.
Moreover, Indonesia has banned the use of single-use plastics. Indonesia has also developed bio-plastics from cassava.
In addition, Indonesia has a road map to deal with waste and plastic at the producer level. Indonesia is promoting a campaign to reduce the use of plastics in addition to utilizing technology and regulations.
Alue assesses that there are opportunities for the use of plastic materials for energy in Timor Leste. For this reason, Alue welcomed the bilateral trade plan related to plastic.
"Timor Leste's proposal to establish regional cooperation in handling plastic waste both on land and at sea is very good," said Alue.
The Minister of Environment of East Timor, Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho, welcomed Indonesia's response. Demetrio assessed that cooperation was important to reduce plastic waste that disturbed the marine ecosystem.
"The issue of marine plastic affects marine biota such as blue whale and dugongs that die from consuming plastic," concluded Demetrio.
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