ARRIVAL of the officials of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to Pemuteran village, Gerokgak subdistrict, Thursday (Jul 2) reaped various praises. El Mustafa Binlamih as a UN envoy praised the coastal village of Pemuteran which managed to keep the coral reef ecosystem in the coastal village.
Binlamih assessed the success of the Karang Lestari Foundation to receive two awards, namely the Equator Prize Awards recently in Rio Janeiro Brazil, was the result of hard work of the entire community, private sector and the government. “I think the awareness of local people to maintain the coral reef ecosystems in the bay of Pemuteran village deserves to be exemplified by other countries,” he said.
The visit of Binlamih to Pemuteran was to directly have a look at the coral reef preservation at Pemuteran village resulting in the awards of the UNDP. Having seen in person, the success should be replicated and used as a source of learning by other regions or countries in terms of raising the public awareness to protect and conserve the coral reefs. “Here, we see the success and I think it should serve as an example to conserve the coral reefs in other areas,” he explained.
Chairman of the Karang Lestari Foundation of Pemuteran village, Agung Prana, said the Pemuteran Beach spread along seven kilometers. From the beach length, two hectares of coral reef area could have been successfully rehabilitated. In advance, the coral reefs at the area had severely damaged for several years. However, due to hard work to preserve the coral reef by involving the participation of local communities had given a good benefit. “Among the existing areas, two hectares could have been rehabilitated and we continually strive to bring the community together to maintain and conserve the coral reefs. This great potential should be preserved and do not let be damaged like in the previous years,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Regent of Buleleng, Made Arga Pynatih, said that Buleleng had water conservation area of more than 14,000 hectares. They consisted of three conservation areas located in the Western Buleleng at Pemuteran village, Central Buleleng at Lovina tourist resort and Eastern Buleleng at Tejakula. The coral reef at Pemuteran experienced a deterioration and destruction in 1989. Eventually, it could be restored due to the expertise of Agung Prana through his Karang Lestari Foundation. “Starting from high idealism on seeing the conditions at that time, we tried to restore the damage so that it has now become a marine tourist destination,” he said.
Deputy Regent Arga Pynatih added that government had made several strategic programs to manage the coastal area from 2009 to 2027. Local government had developed a coastal management and zoning plan that would be discussed further with the Parliament. (BTN/kmb)
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