Expect Mempawah mangrove forest to become ecotourism site: BRGM

Expect Mempawah mangrove forest to become ecotourism site: BRGM

BRGM head Hartono (center, wearing a black mask) and members of the House of Representatives during a visit to a mangrove forest in Mempawah district, West Kalimantan. Dec 2021 (ANTARA/HO/BRGM/KT)

This location can be our reference for how a degraded mangrove can be rehabilitated. Here, we have proved that the local community's participation and initiative can bolster mangrove restoration
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Agency of Peat and Mangrove Restoration (BRGM) has said it expects the rehabilitated mangrove forest in Mempawah District, West Kalimantan, to become an ecotourism site in the future.

 

"This location can be our reference for how a degraded mangrove can be rehabilitated. Here, we have proved that the local community's participation and initiative can bolster mangrove restoration," BRGM Head Hartono said in a statement received here on Tuesday.

 

The success of mangrove planting in West Kalimantan, which has reached 92 percent of a one-thousand-hectare area, can serve as a guide for other regions in implementing mangrove rehabilitation, he said.

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"The restoration of the mangrove ecosystem can open new sources of income and enhance the welfare of the coastal community," he explained.

 

Meanwhile, to maintain the mangrove seedlings that have been planted, the BRGM plans to involve the community in taking care of the mangroves next year, he informed.

 

Director General of Marine Space Management at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Pamuji Lestari said that mangrove rehabilitation needs synergy between the ministry, BRGM, and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

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"The role division is important as the same data and information are necessary," she remarked.

 

Mangrove rehabilitation can support the blue economy, she said. Thus, according to Lestari, KKP is planning to develop maritime tourism that includes mangrove treks that will not damage mangrove trees.

 

"We will check the mangrove trees that cannot grow and fix them. We will build a photo spot, so the community can get income from the tourism asset and environmental services," she added.

 

Meanwhile, House member Maria Lestari said that mangrove forests can reduce abrasion and bring back marine life.

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