Leonardo Di Caprio met with the team in Sumatra recently to get a first hand look at the impact of forest destruction in this region. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting our local partners to establish a Mega-Fauna Sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem and Leo personally is a strong advocate for forest protection globally. After his recent Oscar’s acceptance speech, Leo is becoming a voice for climate change and his focus on Leuser is providing enormous momentum in our efforts to make the world aware of the importance of saving this critical ecosystem.
Although initial reports in Indonesia focused on an investigation of his visit and potential ‘black-listing’ a more positive story emerged as the Minister of Environment and Forestry declared her commitment to engage in further dialogue with Leo DiCaprio and expressed concern over the issues he raised.
The report below from The Jakarta Post;
Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Dr Siti Nurbaya, has declared her appreciation for the good intentions and sincerity of Leonardo DiCaprio after the Oscar-winning actor expressed his concerns that the home range of some key wildlife species continues to be reduced by the expansion of palm oil plantations in the Leuser Ecosystem.
“My view is that DiCaprio’s concerns are both sincere and substantial, and he has certainly acted in good faith. In fact, we largely share his concerns on this matter. In light of this and to reciprocate his sincerity and good intentions, I am open to working together with DiCaprio in a joint effort whereby both of us can have our concerns addressed, including those that pertain to the Leuser Ecosystem,” the minister told foresthints.news in an exclusive interview on Saturday (Apr 2), on the sidelines of a three-day discussion on Indonesian climate change programs and their implementation which she is leading from April 1-3.
The minister added that she had reviewed all the procedures related to DiCaprio’s time in Indonesia, and especially his visit to the Gunung Leuser National Park, and found nothing untoward in the film star’s conduct.
“There was even an official from my ministry serving in the province who accompanied DiCaprio on his visit, in particular when he went to see the orangutans in the Gunung Leuser National Park. It’s really not relevant to link the concerns conveyed by DiCaprio with immigration matters,” the minister affirmed.