Genuine support for hosting the AIS Forum 2023 Summit was manifested by the fishermen in Bali, who ardently emphasized the vital significance of preserving the mangrove forest ecosystem by actively planting a substantial number of 500 mangrove saplings.
Their commitment goes beyond merely planting saplings; these dedicated fishermen, known as the Community Monitoring Group (Pokmaswas) Mina Werdhi Batu Lumbang, have collaborated with a group of environmentally-conscious young individuals to initiate a noteworthy environmental endeavor known as the Mangrove Clean Up Kayak Party.
During this proactive engagement, the participating fishermen actively partook in the Mangrove Clean Up and Planting initiative within the confines of the Suwung Batu Lumbang DAM area. Their collective effort involved meticulously clearing away plastic debris and waste that had found its way into the otherwise pristine mangrove habitat. This endeavor demonstrates a genuine commitment to mitigating the adverse impacts on the delicate mangrove forest ecosystem.
The overarching objective of this sapling planting initiative is twofold. First and foremost, it is aimed at preserving and enhancing the overall expanse of the mangrove forest, thereby safeguarding this unique ecological treasure for present and future generations. Secondly, the concerted clean-up operation, which aimed at removing plastic waste, is an essential component in alleviating the detrimental ecological effects that plastic pollution poses to mangrove habitats.
The chairman of the Segara Guna Baru Lumbang Fishermen’s Cooperative (KUB Nelayan), I Wayan Kona Antara, elaborated on the multifaceted importance of this undertaking. He emphasized that mangrove forests play a pivotal role in the local economy, offering a plethora of economic opportunities.
Notably, these forests can be harnessed for eco-tourism development, where visitors can immerse themselves in the natural splendor of these unique ecosystems. Additionally, their leaves can be ingeniously utilized in the creation of various beverages and food items, thereby unlocking new culinary avenues and business prospects.
Beyond economic advantages, the forests are rich reservoirs of resources that directly support the livelihoods of the local community. By preserving and expanding the mangrove habitats, the community ensures the long-term viability of these critical ecosystems and the myriad benefits they bestow upon the environment, the economy, and the well-being of those who depend on them.