InfoSAWIT, VANCOUVER -Canada, 10 September 2018. The bear in Canada and Orangutan Sumatra in Aceh now live in peace. The white bears which is known as Spirit Bear live in Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia Province, Canada.
When visiting Great Bear Rainforest, last week, the delegation of Aceh – the government officers and the Legislators – learned the option to economic development in conservation – base to save Kawasan Ekosistem Leuser (KEL). The conservation financing model that points to the people’ economic development has been implemented in Great Bear Rainforest since 2007 and it is the most comprehensive financing model and the biggest scale in the world.
The advantage of economy in Great Bear Rainforest would depend on the rare animals, such as, black bear, grizzly, and spirit bear living there, together with wolf, and kinds of whale that pass the sea. Kawasan Ekosistem Leuser is the last place in the world where orangutan, elephants, rhino, and tiger live in the wild. The protection of Kawasan Ekosistem Leuser plays important role to develop the future economy.
The delegation of Conservation and Green Financing from Aceh was invited by Canopy, an international non-profit organization. The delegation consisted of the stakeholders, the decision makers, and the chairmen of independent organization in Aceh. In the five day – visit, Coordinator Minister of Environment and Climate, British Columbia, Canada, Hon. George Heyman, the leaders of First Nations, the executive financials, business, and Philanthropy Foundation presented about the green financing and the chance got to develop the local green economy in big scale. The invited delegations were Teuku Irwan Djohan (Vice Chairman of Aceh Legislators), Azhari (Head of Regional Development Plan, Aceh), Mursil (Regent of Aceh Tamiang), Raidin Pinim (Regent of Aceh Tenggara), and the assistants, Ahmad Ubaidi, Farwiza Farhan (Chairman of Yayasan HAkA), Rudi Putra (Director of FKL), and Wahdi Azmi (Director of ACCI – Aceh Program).
In the end of the visit, Vice Chairman of Aceh Legislators, Teuku Irwan Djohan said that the conservation economic model in Great Bear Rainforest, Canada could be the foundation or model to be used and implemented in Aceh to develop and welfare the people there and protect Kawasan Ekosistem Leuser at once.
“I am about to work with my partners in Aceh to realize the vision together with my new partners in Canada,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, Justin Winters said,Kawasan Ekosistem Leuseris one of many priceless green forests in the world and it is potential to make sustainable development in society – base, the plan of conservation and the big scale protection like in Great Bear Rainforest, Canada. “Philanthropy Foundation wants to support and lead the landscape conservation as big as Kawasan Ekosistem Leuser,” he said. (T2)