On Friday morning, a mangrove planting and beach cleaning activity took place in Mokupa Village, Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The gathering was intended to demonstrate corporate social responsibility in action and to raise local support for planting mangroves and protecting the coasts. Local officials expressed hope that the ceremony would encourage similar planting and cleaning endeavors in communities throughout Sulawesi and Indonesia.

The event was sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Indonesia and local partners, including: the North Sulawesi Environment Board, the Minahasa District Forestry Department, the North Sulawesi Red Cross Federation, the Tondano Watershed Management Board, the Indonesia Secretary Association Manado, and the Forestry Department. A series of speeches were given by: Gatot Suwondo, President Director, Bank Negara Indonesia; Jantje Sagow, Vice Regent, Minahasa; Janot Mendler de Suarez, former Acting Director and Project Coordinator, GEF/ International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network. These officials were joined by community members and several hundred schoolchildren to plant mangroves along the beach and in the shallow water. A beach cleanup and a live instrumental music performance followed.