Yagasu – Yagasu in collaboration with PSL USU conducted reseach on carbon stock estimation in Mangrove Forest in Pulau Kampai, Langkat, North Sumatra.
Thursday, 24 November 2022, Yagasu (Yayasan Gajah Sumatra), in collaboration with the Natural Resources Management (PSL) Study Program of Universitas Sumatra Utara (USU), supported by GMT (Global Mangrove Trust), conducted inventory research of mangrove forests in Pulau Kampai Village, Pangkalan Susu Sub-district, Langkat District, North Sumatra.
This study aims to determine the condition of the mangrove forests of Pulau Kampai, both types of mangroves, density, and stored carbon stock. The stages of this research started with socialization at the village office by Yagasu, which was attended by the village government and the local community, then directly involving the community in field research.
Prof. Ir. Zulkifli Nasution, M.Sc, Ph.D. (USU Professor) and Prof. Ir. Rahmawaty, S.Hut, M.Sc, Ph.D., IPU (Head of the PSL Masters and Doctoral Study Programs) directly supervised this research. This research involved the Yagasu research team, USU PSL graduate students, and the local community.
Prof. Zulkifli explained that the measurement of carbon stocks is very important as a recommendation for sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In addition, Indonesia, as a country with the world’s largest mangrove forest, should have more reliable researchers who focus on mangrove forests and can create new methodologies as a reference for world researchers.
Prof. Rahmawaty (USU) stated that changes in land cover in the mangrove forest of Pulau Kampai need to be analyzed, considering that Pulau Kampai is one of the outermost islands in Langkat District, which is directly facing the Malacca Strait and is prone to abrasion and tsunamis. The results of this study will provide comprehensive information starting from changes in land cover to stored carbon stocks.
Anton Syahputra Siregar, Restoration Manager of Yagasu, expressed his gratitude to USU Professors who directly supervised this research, the village government, and the village community of Pulau Kampai for their cooperation during the research process. He hopes that later the results of this research can be useful in sustainably planning the long-term management of Pulau Kampai’s mangrove forests.
Further Information :
Yayasan Gajah Sumatra / Gajah Sumatra Foundation
Jl Batu Gingging No. 69 Medan, North Sumatra,