A Mangrove Ecosystem in the Nation is Established and Currently being Strengthened

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Progress has set its thing in Pasuruan city, East Java, as part of efforts to avoid coastal abrasion and a labor-intensive initiative, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has established a mangrove nursery.

To ensure the supply of mangrove seeds to satisfy the needs of mangrove nurseries and for planting and restoration activities, the mangrove nursery in Pasuruan was primarily set up.

The Mangrove Seed Garden was established by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries using the additional budget for the National Economic Recovery Program (PEN) for the 2020 fiscal year through the Directorate General of Marine Space Management.

The mangrove nursery occupies 3,093 square meters and houses 500 thousand Rhizophora sp. seedlings. In Penunggul village, Nguling district, Mukarim, manager of the mangrove tourism area and mangrove seed garden, said that he had planted millions of mangrove trees in 34 years. He recorded that there are 14 common species of coastal fauna that can be seen in mangrove areas, including milkfish, mullets, mudskipper, snails, oysters, green clams, lizards, monitor lizards, frogs, white egrets, mangrove crabs, white shrimp, small crabs, and dragonflies.

In Penunggul village, Nguling district, Pasuruan, Haeru Rahayu lauded Mukarim for his hard work in planting and protecting mangroves. He said the Mangrove Center of Excellence Initiative is targeted at growing 100 million seedlings for Indonesia’s mangrove planting programs. He stressed that the KKP is prepared to provide funding for the creation of sustainable mangrove ecotourism in Mukarim and other communities and to keep the beach free of pollution.

Looking back, To help the mangrove restoration initiative, a large-scale nursery will be established and it was planned last year. In support of the mangrove recovery scheme, Pandjaitan has urged local governments throughout the region.

The minister also presented the opportunity for carbon credit that could be optimized into the recovery scheme for mangroves. To this end, appropriate areas will be established by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to function as pilot carbon trading projects and legislation are also being prepared to govern carbon trading operations.

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