Mangrove planting commemorates World Mangrove Day
Thursday, July 27 2023, Yagasu (Yayasan Gajah Sumatera), supported by VNV Advisory, planted mangroves with the government and the community in Paluh Sibaji Village, Pantai Labu District, Deli Serdang Regency. The event which was attended by the community and government agencies is a concrete step in efforts to restore coastal ecosystems and increase synergy with various parties, including the government and the community.
With the theme “Indonesia Net Zero Carbon 2060”, this mangrove planting event aims to raise awareness of the importance of mangroves in protecting land from abrasion and also as an effort to absorb CO2 and mitigate climate change and global warming.
The village Head of Paluh Sibaji Village, Nasril, expressed his appreciation to the Yayasan Gajah Suamtera (Yagasu) for re-selecting their village as a location for planting mangroves. He also invited all village communities to work together to preserve the mangroves in their area in order to protect the village from the dangers of coastal abrasion.
Yagasu Restoration Manager, Anton Siregar, also expressed his gratitude for the support from the government and the people of Paluh Sibaji in this mangrove planting event. “Mangrove ecosystems have an important role in maintaining environmental sustainability, especially increasing the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems. Yagasu is also committed to supporting mangrove restoration in the Paluh Sibaji Village area, including addressing the degradation of existing mangroves.”
The Head of the North Sumatra Province marine, coastal and small islands Division, M. Riza Kurnia Lubis, S.Pi, M.Sc expressed his support for this mangrove planting activity. “Restoring coastal ecosystems is not a solitary task, but a shared responsibility to protect coastlines that are increasingly under threat.”
Kristo Damanik, representative of the Wampu Sei Ular Watershed Management Agency, also expressed his appreciation for this activity. “BPDAS Wampu Sei Ular is ready to help and provide mangrove seed assistance for people who want to participate in coastal ecosystem restoration.”
This event also involved a discussion session between the community and related parties, where the community enthusiastically asked questions and gave their opinions about efforts to restore the mangrove ecosystem in Paluh Sibaji Village.
With the spirit of togetherness, it is hoped that this joint mangrove planting event will be the first step that inspires more people to participate in efforts to preserve and restore coastal ecosystems for a better environment.
Further Information :
Yayasan Gajah Sumatra / Gajah Sumatra Foundation
Jl Batu Gingging No. 69 Medan, North Sumatra,