Yagasu, in collaboration with the East Java Provincial Government and Pasuruan Regency Government, held the first Mangrove Festival in East Java. This Mangrove Festival activity directly involved the CEO of Yagasu, Mr. Bambang Suprayogi, the Governor of East Java, Ms. Khofifah Indar Parawansa, the Regent of Pasuruan, Mr. Irsyad Yusuf, and the people of East Java. This Mangrove Festival began with the joint planting of 1000 Mangrove seedlings, which was led by the Governor of East Java, Ms. Khofifah.
Through the implementation of the first Mangrove Festival in East Java, Governor Khofifah invited all parties to donate oxygen through mangrove planting activities. For this reason, this kind of festival can be a reference for all parties and strategic elements in East Java to jointly increase the mangrove planting movement. The aim is to strengthen natural ecosystems and the carrying capacity of the environment.
According to Khofifah, currently all countries are facing global climate change which causes various natural disasters such as floods. Not only that, mangroves have the benefit of reducing greenhouse gas and carbon emissions and can produce five times more oxygen than trees planted on land.
“Today I want to convey to all the citizens of East Java, let’s give oxygen. The oxygen produced by mangroves can be up to five times that of trees on land. Especially now that the world is facing global climate change and mangroves have a significant impact. oxygen production. Indonesia and East Java have significant coastline lengths. So let’s donate oxygen by planting mangroves,” she said.
Therefore, she hopes that this mangrove festival can be a benchmark for planting at any point that can be done, without having to wait for time. Because global climate change continues to occur and its effects hit several countries in the world.
The event continued by exhibiting processed products from Mangroves such as organic Mangrove Batik, and processed foods and beverages that utilize various kinds of Mangroves as the basic ingredients. The Mangrove Festival event closed with the release of Pecuk Birds, Ibis Birds, Fish, and Crabs as a symbol of the preservation of these animals in the presence of a good Mangrove Forest.
Yagasu (Yayasan Gajah Sumatra) is a Non-Governmental Organization with over 21 years of practical experiences on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, capacity building, environmental education and local economic reconstruction through the facilitation of generating income for local communities on green livelihoods. Established on July 17, 2001, the organization initial concernwas Sumatra’s elephant conservation. In 2006, Yagasu changed its management structure and officially registered with Yagasu Aceh as its legal name. In recent years, yagasu has been focused on restoring mangrove restoration, environment and climate change, and local community empowerment in Aceh, North Sumatra, East Java, and Wet Java Province.
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