Beritaline.id – Center for Watershed Management and Protection Forest (BPDAS-HL) Bone Bolango, carried out mangrove planting activities in Popala Village, North Gorontalo (Gorut) Regency, with an area of ± 30 hectares, Saturday (21/08/2021).
Head of BPDASHL Heru Permana, S.Hut, MT, MA in his speech said that the planting is expected to be able to pursue the target of mangrove planting that has been determined for this year.
Heru said that mangroves provide many benefits for the people of Indonesia, especially protecting from the effects of climate change.
Mangroves, he said, can withstand big waves due to strong winds and tsunamis. Here, mangroves have enormous carbon storage potential.
“Mangrove areas can also be utilized through the development of ecotourism. Mangrove products can also be processed for consumption or sale so that they can increase people’s income,” said Heru.
Meanwhile, the Head of Popala Village, Gaflan Bausin conveyed that the implementation of the initial planting activity today is a form of the seriousness of the group in his village, in the context of implementing the Mangrove Forest and Land Rehabilitation (RHL) in 2021.
“Since the beginning there have been several activities that we have carried out including plant protection, from withdrawals to recitation. Therefore, until today we have arrived at the planting stage, therefore 2 (Two) groups in Popalo Village, both the marine biota group and the Tanjung Mutiara group agreed to present the head of the hall for the initial planting, “he said.
Gaflan added that the presence of the Head of the Balai motivated the village government, administrators and group members to be more active in carrying out these activities.
“Because we are targeting this September 30 to be 100 percent complete, because this stage is just planting,” he added.
For your information, Popalo Village is divided into 2 farmer groups, covering an area of about ± 30 hectares, with each group dividing 15 hectares, the total number of group members is 30 people.
“Hopefully in the future with this activity, at least the mangrove forest will be maintained, and this will definitely be useful not only for us but our children and grandchildren will enjoy this.
Finally, he hoped that the activities at that time were not only ceremonies, but all the results of the planting must be maintained and cared for, so that later it would not be in vain.
“And we also hope that the mangrove seeds that we plant will even grow to 100 percent. So our hope is that the group can also take care of it after planting,” he concluded. (Adv)