Sentani, Jubi – One of the 10 recipients of Kalpataru’s top award of fighter and environmentalist 2017, Alex Waisimon, emphasized that saving the cenderawasih is directly related to forest protection.
Alex Waisimon is the driving force of the Isyo Hills Nature Lover Group of Repang Muaif Village in Nimbokrang District of Jayapura Regency, which protects the forest area around Isyo’s of 19 Ha.
“Endemic animals such as Cenderawasih (bird of paradise) are in this guarded forest, (because) it has been around for so long that we have to protect them from irresponsible hands,” Alex Waisimon told Jubi on Thursday (August 3) and explained that within the forest there are tens to hundreds of endemic Papuan animals.
Alex received the award directly from President Joko Widodo in Jakarta (2/8).
Alex admitted he deeply moved by the award given by the President of the Republic of Indonesia.
“In the future there will be more Papuan people who have to get this award … and for that it needs hard work,” he said, hoping that what he received would becomes the motivation for all people in Papua, specifically Jayapura Regency.(*)