Sunday, September 14, 2008

US Ambassador Cameron Hume visits Bunaken national sea park

US ambassador to Indonesia, Cameron Hume visited Bunaken National Sea Park on the sidelines of his five-day visit from September 12 to 17 in North Sulawesi provinve, a spokesman said.

During the visit Hume observed the preparation of World Ocean Conference (WOC) and Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) implementation, said North Sulawesi provincial public relations officer Feybe Rondonuwu here Sunday.

The WOC and CTI summit which will be carried out from May 11-15 2009 were expected to be attended by representatives of six countries namely Salomon Island, Filipina, Papua Nugini, Timor Leste, Malaysia and Indonesia as the host, and two supporting countries, the United States and Australia.

According to him, the US government would extend US$22 million in assistance for the CTI implementation.

The Bunaken National Sea Park as the world asset and heritage should be preserved due to its biological diversity and has become the world promotion media, Feybe Rondonuwu quoted Hume as saying.

The US envoy also expressed his readiness to help promote the North Sulawesi scenic natural resources especially its maritime potentials, Rondonuwu added.

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