Empowering Women Groups On Mangrove Conservation In East Java Coast: Transformative Resilience To The Impacts Of Sea-Level Rise
Medan, March 2021, The presence of mangrove forests in coastal areas plays a pivotal role for nature and the Earth. Mangrove forests can function as a tool to decrease the amount of carbons in the environment as the plant is capable of absorbing large amounts of carbon, moreover mangrove can be proceed as something that can improving communities economic who living in coastal areas. Mangroves timber can be proceed as an organic coloring and mangroves fruit proceed as foods and syrups.
“Empowering Women Groups on Mangrove Conservation in East Java Coast: Transformative Resilience to The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise”.
Transformative Resilience to The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise
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 March 2021 Yagasu held several training activities in Kampung Blekok – Klantan Village, East Java. The theme of these activities is “Empowering Women Groups on Mangrove Conservation in East Java Coast: Transformative Resilience to The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise”. The several activities that carried out are Mangrove Awareness Activities, Mangroves Planting Activities, Mangroves Patrol Activities, and Training Activities for Organic Batik and Green Products of Mangrove. Bambang Suprayogi as CEO of Yagasu stated that Mangrove Awareness Activities were aimed for children in order to know the benefits of mangroves and do planting directly in field so the children can gain experience from planting mangroves. These activities aims to increase the awareness in children the importance of planting mangroves especially in coastal areas and to know the benefits of mangroves from education that has been given.
Planting activities with community is an activity that planting mangroves that have several benefits especially in coastal areas, such as protection for coastal communities whose areas they live are prone to natural disasters, the breed of biodiversity such as mammals, reptile and amphibi, invertebrates animal, bird, fish, shrimp, and crabs. Riza Aditya as a coordinator of these activities, hope that the collaboration of Yagasu with communities which supported by GEI and Handprint can be better in future and more involving communities in every mangrove restoration activities in East Java region.
Furthermore, Mangrove Patrol Activities which was held in Kampung Blekok – Klantan Village, East Java as a learning activities for communities on the importance of mangrove protected area so that it is not encroached by irresponsible parties. The presence of mangrove is a necessity for the ecosystem.
As an effort to improve communities skills for increasing the economy of communities, Yagasu also provides Training Activities for Organic Batik and Green Products of Mangrove as the activities that carried out to provide training activities for coastal communities to utilize non-timber for conservative economic source, hoped that through these activities the communities especially women are able to be creative in proceed products from mangrove’s organic coloring obtained from timber and green products from mangroves fruit as a promising income.