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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

05 June 2002

The Environment is Everybody's Business World Environment Day 2002


Australia has been honoured by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on World Environment Day for its role in protecting the environment.

As part of World Environment Day celebrations, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) today presented Dr Kemp together with the Indonesian Minister for Forestry and Nature Conservation, Dr Ian Muhammad Prakosa and the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Conservation Papua New Guinea, Dr Wari Iamo, with a "Gift to the Earth" award, for showing leadership and taking action to preserve the planet's natural wealth.

It is the first time a WWF "Gift to the Earth" award has been granted for conservation action in the Pacific.

"The WWF Award not only demonstrates the value of regional partnerships in tackling common environmental concerns, but also highlights the fact that the environment is everybody's business, throughout the world," Dr Kemp said.

The award was presented in a ceremony in Denpasar, Indonesia and recognises the program of action taken by Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea under the Tri-National Wetlands Memorandum of Understanding. This Memorandum sets out how the three countries are working together to share and build their expertise and understanding in conserving three internationally significant wetland conservation areas - Kakadu National Park, Wasur National Park in Indonesia and the Tonda Wildlife Management Area in PNG. These areas share very similar ecosystems and management issues, and each is home to indigenous communities that are dependent on their natural resource base.

"This award shows how important international partnerships are in practical on-ground activities such as weed control and building local capacity to manage conservation areas. It also highlights the active involvement of local communities in preserving our region's biodiversity," Dr Kemp said.

"I am pleased to announce that Australia will contribute core funding of $250,000, in cash and in-kind, over the next 5 years to the program to ensure that this important collaboration continues.

"Australia has much to gain from exchanging information with our Indonesian and Papua New Guinean colleagues working in these rich and unique areas.

Dr Kemp joined environment, conservation and development ministers from around the world to mark World Environment Day today in Denpasar.
The ministers are attending the fourth and final preparatory session for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+10.
The Summit will be held in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September 2002. Billed as the largest international environmental forum in a decade, it is expected to attract around 65,000 people, including world leaders, delegates, media and community representatives.

Australia's preparations for the World Summit, coordinated by Environment Australia, have been under way for over a year. Further information on Australia's preparations is available at: www.ea.gov.au/cooperation/international/wssd/index

It is expected that Dr Kemp will be available for pre-arranged interviews between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400


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Launch and Award Presentation Luncheon

Tri Nations Wetlands Program Memorandum of Understanding between Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia
Kertagosa Meeting Room, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in the UN Complex, Bali
Wednesday 5 June 2002

Dr David Kemp and Mr Robert Purves

Dr David Kemp, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Australia, and Mr Robert Purves, President WWF Australia

Tri Nations Wetlands Program Memorandum of Understanding between Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia - Launch and Award Presentation

(L to R) Mr Jeffery Lee, Mr Abia Bai, Mr Willem Gebze, Mr Dermot O'Gorman, The Hon Dr Ir Muhammad Prakosa MSc, Dr Wari Iamo, The Hon Dr David Kemp, Mr Robert Purves

Members of the Tri Nations Wetlands Program Memorandum of Understanding between Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia

(L to R) Mr Dermot O'Gorman, The Hon Dr Ir Muhammad Prakosa MSc, Dr Wari Iamo, The Hon Dr David Kemp, Mr Robert Purves

Award Presentation Luncheon

Dr Kemp addresses the Award Presentation Luncheon, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in the UN Complex, Bali

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