State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I), in collaboration with the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, is supporting the 2019 Youth Summer Camp that will run in Bali until Monday.
Initiated by the Marine Buddies community and attended by more than 100 teenagers and young adults from across the country, this year’s Youth Summer Camp commemorated National Environment Day and World Oceans Day on June 5 and June 8, respectively.
Angkasa Pura I marketing and services director Devy Suradji said the company’s support for the event was in line with its commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental conservation amid the construction of new airports, including in Bali.
“Angkasa Pura I supports various environmental conservation initiatives, including the 2019 Youth Summer Camp. Hopefully, this movement will increase awareness about environmental conservation among young millennials and industry stakeholders,” Devy said in a statement.
WWF Indonesia spokesperson Elis Nurhayati said she expected the program’s young participants to come up with concrete, actionable plans that could be implemented to resolve marine issues in the country by next year.
“[The Youth Summer Camp] is not a one-off activity. I hope these youngsters will be able to put their plans into daily practice,” Elis said.
Brahmantya Satyamurti Poerwadi, the ministry’s marine space management director general, said environmental conservation efforts would help mitigate the risk of natural disasters, especially in coastal areas.
“The protection of 20 to 40 percent of the sea area from unsustainable practices will improve the economy and welfare of local communities,” he added.