Indonesian Officials Want to Work with Leonardo Dicaprio, Not Deport Him

Earlier this week, it was reported that Leonardo Dicaprio might be banned from entering Indonesia again. Dicaprio posted a few pictures taken at Gunung Leuser National Park in northerm Sumatra, criticising the palm oil industry for its effects on the country’s deforestation.

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“The critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan is being pushed to the brink of extinction”

In one picture, he writes: “The expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water.”

The Indonesian government did not give that a like. “If DiCaprio’s posting in his social media can be categorised as incitement or provocation, we can blacklist him from coming back to Indonesia,” Heru Santoso, the spokesperson for the director general of the immigration department, told the BBC.

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“We must develop a permanent solution to protect and restore this valuable natural asset”

How things have changed.

Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, minister of environment and forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, says her concerns align with Leo’s and in fact, she’d like to work with Leo — and we don’t mean on a movie. Dr. Siti tells Jakarta-based, “He has certainly acted in good faith. 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.”

Dr. Siti also manages in a swift invitation to catch up with the star over a cup of coffee — professionally, of course. “I would take the opportunity to explain to him in greater detail about the efforts being undertaken by the Jokowi administration to address climate change issues,” adding that she would be in New York on April 20 for a U.N meeting.

Jungle vibes ahead

Photo credits: Instagram

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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