ISSUANCE of permit on the utilization of mangrove forests in the Ngurah Rai Grand Forest Park, Denpasar, spreading across the area of 102.22 hectares for 55 years for the benefit of nature tourism to PT TRB is regretted by various parties and it reaped rejection. Such condition was also regretted by Project Coordinator of the JICA-MECS Biological Conservation, Asako ‘Amy’ Yamamoto. She said to disagree to the policy of Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika. “Personally, I refuse the leasing of mangrove forest. I am disappointed with that policy. Hopefully, the Governor of Bali could change his mind and cancel the permit,” said Amy making her time to taste Bali coffee in the Bali Coffee Warung 63, Jalan Veteran, Denpasar, recently.
She said all this time the mangrove forest were preserved and saved by many parties, where one of them was the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). To that end, she hoped the rescuing effort to mangrove forests should be resumed and nobody might cut down the mangrove trees. “The government must be careful to issue permits on the utilization of mangrove forests to avoid the damaging activities to the mangrove forests. In contrast, it should be preserved and maintained sustainably,” she said.
The biggest problem faced by mangrove forests in the Grand Forest Park, she said, was the waste especially plastic waste. If the roots of mangrove were filled with plastic waste, it could disturb them and eventually caused death to the mangroves. “The government should improve the handling and management of waste processing and make a better regulation. Likewise, people making a visit to mangrove forests should also maintain the sanitation and not throw any plastic waste carelessly,” she hoped.
She considered that education for the community about the importance of maintaining mangrove forests should be intensified and echoed. Mangrove forests had a vital stabilizing role and could reduce the impact of climate change. In addition, the mangrove had tremendous value for the environment and human life.
Mangrove was disaster mitigation like breaking waves and had the other function as spawning place for marine life, source of nutrients, erosion protection, carbon storage and detoxification. On that account, the conservation and sustainable utilization of mangrove should have a positive impact on the global ecosystem, the availability of livelihood source and well-being for mankind. (BTN/kmb)