Chairwoman of South Kalimantan SBI Amalia Rezeki here on Friday said, World Environment Day is always a momentum for SBI to work to preserve the environment and nature.
"Today we plant casturi tree which is the mascot of South Kalimantan flora and as part of planting 10 thousand of casturi seedlings movement we have been intensifying," she said.
Casturi, according to her, is considered extinct in the wild as declared by the international conservation agency IUCN, thus a massive effort to preserve it is needed to involve all parties.
The movement of planting 10 thousand casturi seedlings in the province was marked by planting carried out by the Head of South Kalimantan Environment Agency Hanifah Dwi Nirwana.
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Amalia, who is the Biology lecturer of the University of Lambung Mangkurat (ULM), said that every year SBI held a series of activities on the commemoration of “World Environment Day“.
This year, SBI has four agendas in accordance with the theme of the World Environment Day on June 5, 2020, “Time for Nature“ which focuses on biodiversity.
The activities including planting casturi seedling, book launching, signing of MoU between SBI and the provincial government of South Kalimantan, which represented by the Forestry Agency, and virtual discussion on the environment.
SBI launched a "Biological Study on the Proboscis and Its Habitat" book which contains the collection of scientific papers by research team from ULM and University of Gajah Mada.
She hoped this book will contribute to knowledge about bekantan or proboscis monkey and its habitat in South Kalimantan.
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