On Tuesday, May 13, 2003, Bali's Governor, I Dewa Made Beratha, presided over ceremonies marking the opening of a Mangrove Information Center in Bali's capital of Denpasar.
Expected to serve as a center for the study and preservation of the region's coastal mangrove forests, the Center was funded with money granted by the Government of Japan via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Mangrove forest are known to be key breeding areas for a variety of sea creatures fundamental to the Ocean's food chain whose very existence is threatened if mangrove forests are destroyed by coastal development.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Mangrove Information Center, the Counselor of the Japanese Embassy for Indonesia, Satoshi Suzuki said, "to secure precious mangrove resources, the Center is expected to play an important role not only as the key center for Indonesia, but also as the Asia-Pacific regional centre for mangroves in the future. I really hope many domestic and foreign tourists will visit Bali and this Center, and then learn about mangroves and the cooperation between Japan and Indonesia. The Centre will also contribute further to mutual understanding and friendly relationship existing between Japan and Indonesia, including Bali."
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