Subject: RI to Train TL Forestry Officers


Jakarta, April 29 (ANTARA) - Indonesia will train over 30 forestry officers of Timor Leste as part of the implementation of a forestry cooperation agreement.

The agreement was signed by Indonesia's forestry minister and Timor Leste's agriculture, forestry and fishery minister in Jakarta on October 29, 2008.

The training to be participated in by 30 Timor Leste forestry personnel would be held from May 4 to 18, 2009 in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province, which shares border with Timor Leste, according to a press statement of the Indonesian forestry ministry here on Wednesday.

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has launched a tree planting movement with a slogan of "One Man One Tree' and the Indonesian Tree Planting Day to be observed on every November 28.

Timor Leste's Forestry Minister also planned to launch a National Tree Planting Movement with a target of planting at least one million trees.

Apart from the bilateral cooperation with Timor Leste, Indonesia is preparing a draft agreement on trilateral forestry cooperation which will also involve Timor Leste and Brazil.

The cooperation will include forest restoration, land erosion mitigation, wood product revitalization, and tree rejuvenation, as well as forestry trainings.

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