For instance, there is Mangrove Forest Ecotourism destination located at Perancak Village, Jembrana District. The destination spreading across the area of 10 hectares was inaugurated by the Regent of Jembrana I Putu Artha on Wednesday (Dec. 16). This ecotourism area was built in cooperation with the Jembrana Government and the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Incoming visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of the mangrove forest with a variety of marine life by exploring a 165-meter long wooden track. This area is an ecotourism location having been designated as a coastal park area through the Decree of Jembrana Regent Number 778/2013.
As a sign of the opening of the mangrove tracking path tourist object, the Directorate of Coastal and Small Islands Utilization at the Directorate General of Marine Spatial Management of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries represented by the Head of BPSPL Denpasar, Yudarso, handed over its management to Perancak Village-Owned Enterprise witnessed by the Regent of Jembrana, I Putu Artha, and the Headman of Perancak, I Ketut Wijana. The handover was carried out in the mangrove ecotourism area.
Regent Artha expressed his deep gratitude to the central government, especially the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries for successfully completing the Perancak Village area. Previously, this area was only overgrown with mangrove forests to made into a very attractive tourist area in Jembrana. “We hope the existence can be used by the village as a tourism development as well as an increase in income,” he affirmed.
As a mangrove ecotourism destination, he asked, in addition to good management in the future, improvements should be made. “Central government has completed its project with a large enough budget at our village (Perancak). Hopefully, the village-owned enterprise entrusted as the management will have good management and even the village itself will be able to issue a Village Regulation for its development,” he said.
The development of ecotourism areas in the form of mangrove tracking path can be further developed in the future. Apart from being a tourist destination, this area also serves as a base for education and research.
“Currently, the mangrove trail is only 165 meters long, equipped with a beautiful gazebo in the middle of the mangrove trekking path. Hopefully, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries can develop it further. Besides, it can also be helped in terms of the arrangement, so that it will be more beautiful and attractive. By that way, it will attract tourists to come to Perancak. So, the trip to Perancak is more complete because previously there were also religious and culinary tours here,” he concluded. (BTN/015)