Gianyar district now has a new tourist attraction named the Gianyar Botanical Garden (KRG). This tourist attraction is located at Pilan hamlet, Kerta, Payangan, or about 45 km northeast of Denpasar. The opening ceremony was officially conducted by Bambang Subiyanto, Deputy Head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), on Monday (Jul. 17). At that
Gianyar district now has a new tourist attraction named the Gianyar Botanical Garden (KRG). This tourist attraction is located at Pilan hamlet, Kerta, Payangan, or about 45 km northeast of Denpasar. The opening ceremony was officially conducted by Bambang Subiyanto, Deputy Head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), on Monday (Jul. 17). At that time, the event was also filled in with the signing of inscription by Regent of Gianyar, A.A. Gde Agung Bharata.
Bambang Subiyanto appreciated to the measure of Gianyar regent to build botanical garden as the 32nd botanical garden in Indonesia managed by local government. “It is built for conservation area, reducing degradation rate of rare plant diversity as well as increasing and utilizing potential of the region optimally and sustainably,” he said.
Development of this botanical garden is also for in-situ and ex situ conservation for all rare plant species, providing research and education place as well as tropical plant laboratory. “This can also become a nature tourist attraction, develop environmental services and improve socio-economic life of the community around the botanical garden,” he continued.
Regent of Gianyar, Agung Bharata, said the KRG is a customary forest being rescued by the surrounding community, so the condition remains very well maintained, located in the state land area of 9.7163 hectares managed by Pilan customary village through generations. It has 41 kinds of native vegetation dominated by large trees up to several kinds of orchids, and 36 species of animals such as various kinds of birds, apes and deer.
Development of the KRG began with the proposal from headman of Kerta to Gianyar regent in his letter No.33/Pemb/I/2015 dated on January 14, 2015 regarding the Proposal of Forest Management at Pilan Customary Village. Then, it was followed up by a request of review to the Head of Center for Plant Conservation, Botanical Garden – LIPI, and result of the review Number: B-1158 / IPH.3 / KS / IV / 2016 dated on April 18, 2016 states that the forest of Pilan customary village deserves to be KRG.
The Regent of Gianyar, Agung Bharata, also appreciated to the goodwill of Pilan customary village to preserve customary forest by handing over customary forest management to KRG. Pilan customary villagers has contributed to donate their land without asking for compensation, where the road widening and opening of new road to KRG has a total area of some 15 hectares or approximately worth IDR 34,5 billion.
In the meantime, the Head of the Gianyar Environment Agency, Wayan Kujus Pawitra, said that to realize the KRG, the regional budget (APBD) 2016 approved the budget allocation for the preparation of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) of the KRG at approximately IDR 150 million, then continued to region al budget 2017 for improvement of Kerta road section to the KRG along the 4,314 km with the width of 5.5 meters approximately worth IDR 12.7 billion, construction of KRG gates (IDR 2.9 billion), construction of water connection to KRG (IDR 686 million) and the grant aid of LIPI for thematic garden development (IDR 500 million). KRG has also been proposed to ask for aid to state budget (APBN) from the ministry of public works and housing in 2018 approximately worth IDR 14 billion in accordance with the development stages in Detailed Engineering Design of the KRG.
The Gianyar Botanical Garden is built in cooperation of the Gianyar government, Pilan customary village and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Structurally, it is managed by the Gianyar Botanical Garden unit under the Gianyar environment agency, and the operations management is planned to be made in collaboration with Pilan customary village. Approval or recommendation of the cooperation between the government of Gianyar and Pilan customary village on the KRG development and management is in the process of discussion in the Gianyar House of Representatives. (BTN/015)