KLHK and PSB IPB University Strengthen Coastal Vulnerability Adaptation in Demak

The end of year disaster potential along coasts needs to be anticipated with efforts of adaptation and mitigation. This was directly expressed by Environmental Control Division Head, Environmental Office (DLH) Demak District, Arso Budiyanto when greeting the Disaster Study Center (PSB) Team, Institute of Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University, Indonesian Green Generation (GHI) and The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) during a coordinating meeting regarding mangroves as the main component in mitigating coastal threats

According to him, mangrove characteristics in Demak is varied, there are really good ones and really bad ones. In the zone of Timbul Sioko, there are many healthy and destroyed mangroves. DLH Demak also worked together with Wetland, Oisca and Diponegoro University (Undip) in conserving and protecting mangroves in the zone. There are many factors attributed to the destruction of mangroves including wind, shore farms that used the mangrove area and tidal wave pressure.

Arso also explained that mangrove that was planted in the zone is owned by the people. This caused duplicates in programs regarding managing authority in coastal areas. Since the implementation of UU No 1 Tahun 2014, the Regents no longer fund coastal development. This has caused a developmental gap and lack of surveillance in coastal and sea areas.

Arif Wibowo, Head of Subdirectorate of Climate Change Adaptation says that the presence of KLHK and PSB IPB University in Demak is to paint a picture of how valuable our mangroves are. Our difficulty in conserving is from our lack of understanding of the mangrove’s functions. In an ecosystem context, adaptation approaches based on the ecosystem based on important targets in climate change. This painting is also important to analyze policies. One economic issue is regarding nature tourism that is an important point to be paid attention to. Moving forward, Indonesia will use mangroves as the main indicator of national policies in climate change adaptation cycle.

“The potential of mangroves as batik industry material, food and other functions of the economy is very promising. Big outputs that are important are national indicators in mangrove ecosystem function’s connection to environmental management,” he adds.

Meanwhile, in this opportunity, PSB IPB University’s chairman Dr Yonvitner and team expressed the importance of categorizing vulnerability based on the mangrove ecosystem and indicators that can be a national initiative in mangrove ecosystems. (IAAS/RCD)

Published Date : 20-Nov-2020

Resource Person : Dr Yonvitner

Keyword : Mangrove, Demak, PSB, LPPM, IPB University