A nature conservationist from Japan, Prof. Takahisa Kusano, admitted to feel sad on seeing the condition of mangroves on the southern coast of Bali. “The condition indeed makes miserable,” said the man that had roam around the globe to implement nature conservation projects. He said the hard work was indeed required in relation to the mangrove preservation becoming one of the important components in the preservation of coastal life. To be frankly, he said hat mangrove condition in Bali was quite desolated.
“All the governments should be concerned. The most hazardous enemy faced in this case is rubbish,” he assured. The rubbish drifting from the upstream area could damage the mangrove or mangrove life.
Besides, he criticized the establishment of the overwater road construction project (JDP) that also gave contribution to non-growing mangrove life. He said the soil piling up under the bridge or pillars should be cleaned up so as not to withstand the ocean currents. As a result, the condition of the mangrove ecosystems would be disrupted by salinity imbalance. “I do not know what the government will do, but I expect the issue to be observed and found out a solution,” he hoped.
In addition, said the man that once worked on similar projects in Saudi Arabia, the habit of caring for the waste should continued to be disseminated. Most mangrove plants would die because their roots were covered with rubbish so that its oxygen flows would be disrupted. Ultimately, their growth got trouble and eventually died. (BTN/pal)