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Yagasu Attending the Discussion of Draft Local Regulation in The Context of Medan Spatial Planning 2
Medan, February 2021, The existence of mangrove forests in coastal area can function as one of eco-tourism and can function as land to make a living for the surrounding community. One of mangrove eco-tourism in Medan was located in Sicanang. The existence of eco-tourism in Sicanang as a form of tourism development to improve the welfare of the community, especially those who live around the destination area.
Yayasan Gajah Sumatera (YAGASU) Aceh is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGO) that focuses on the planting and restoration of mangrove ecosystems, with the goal of creating environments that foster benefits for the local biodiversity, communities, and the climate. The organization also performs numerous studies designed to further protect the environment and develop local community programs in carrying out these activities.
Tuesday, 23 February 2021, Yagasu attending the invitation by The Head of Medan Parliament to survey Sicanang field, Medan Belawan to review the locations that related to the Discussion of Regional Regulation (Ranperda) Medan, regarding the amendments of Medan Regulation in context of Regional Spatial Planning in Northern City of Medan.
Meilinda Suriani Harefa, as the Program Director of Yagasu in open discussion with community leaders, sub-districts governments, Special Committee Team of Medan Parliament, and Bapeda Team of Medan, conveyed that any spatial change plan that will be carried out must consider several aspects, such as the environment, areas for mangrove forests that have right to live for sustainability, and the ecological needs of the community. The remaining mangroves in Medan are located in Sicanang.
Mangroves area has been grown and guarded by community as during high tide tidal flooding and other benefits. Topography of the area must also be considered with a thick delta so that it requires a good and sustainable spatial design as well as considering the economic activities of surrounding community groups who still depend on the life of traditional fishermen, so they need green space to make a living.
Alongside the KKP Secretary General, Yagasu Conducts the Planting of Mangroves and The Spreading of Vaname Shrimp Seeds for First Time in The East Aceh National Shrimp Farm Cluster Model
Medan, Februari 2021, East Aceh is well-known for the potential of its nature, especially in the marine and fisheries sector, due to its direct proximity to the Malacca Strait. The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan, KKP) built national shrimp farm cluster models in East Aceh with consideration to the unpolluted land, a condition that makes it ideal for the development of shrimp fisheries. Adequate facilities and infrastructure such as roads, electricity, and irrigation channel further solidified the decision to construct the national shrimp farm cluster model in Aceh Timur.
Monday, December 28, 2021 Yagasu, in an event attended directly by Program Director Meilinda Suriani Harefa, alongside the Secretary General (Sekjen) of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) and Commissioner General (Komjen) Mr. Antam Novambar and their entourage spread Vaname Perdana shrimp seeds and planted mangroves in the national shrimp ponds Cluster Model in East Aceh, to the tune of 1.5 hectares of mangroves being planted in the East Aceh national shrimp farm cluster. Rayeuk, East Idi district. Also attending were the Regent of East Aceh and the Chairperson of the East Aceh DPRD, the heads of the Host Government Offices in East Aceh and the Head of the Brackish Water Cultivation Fishery Center Ujung Batee M. Tahang and staff who served as committee in the implementation of this activity.
Anton Syahputra Siregar, the Yagasu Manager of Restoration, said that planting mangroves in national shrimp farm clusters is done with the aim of developing Silvofishery ponds as an alternative to maintaining mangrove forests. Mangrove plants possess root systems that protrudes from the ground, a system called breathing roots which are good for binding mud and neutralizing chemicals so that food waste from cluster ponds can be fed to the silvofishery pond. This means that the mangroves growing inside the silvofishery ponds can serve as a good filtration system for the fisheries.
Anton further explained that the mangrove ecosystem also plays an integral part in the carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles. Mangroves are also able to prevent coastal abrasion, especially when the farm cluster is positioned so closely to the beach. The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), through the Directorate General of aquaculture, developed a shrimp farm cluster model in Gampong Matang Rayeuk, East Aceh regency. The model spans 5,1 hectares and will be equipped with facilities such as tendon basins, raw water distribution tanks, maintenance plots, disposal and harvesting channels, as well as a Wastewater Management Installation (Instalasi Pengelolaan Air Limbah, IPAL). It is a huge honor for Yagasu to be able to participate in this activity.