Cultivating of Mangrove Restores Papuan Economy During a Pandemic – The Turf and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM) stated that turf restoration activities and accelerated mangrove rehabilitation in the government’s National Economic Recovery (PEN) program are an effort to restore the economy of Papuans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After reviewing the mangrove planting in Papua, Secretary of BRGM Ayu Dewi Utari said the restoration of the mangrove ecosystem could restore the ecological function of mangroves as a spawning ground for marine biota, such as fish, shrimp and crabs.

 “God willing, it will be successful, and it must be successful, because this PEN activity is indeed held to help people who live side by side with the mangrove ecosystem. The return of fish can increase people’s income,” she said, quoted from Antara, Friday, September 17, 2021.

Papua is one of the target locations for peat restoration and accelerated mangrove rehabilitation, he added, and Armopa Village, Bonggo District, Sarmi Regency is the place for BRGM’s mangrove planting this year.

 Ayu stated, when exploring the mangrove ecosystem in Armopa Village with the Village Head and the Head of the Membrano Watershed and Protected Forest Management Agency (BPDASHL), the natural landscape was very beautiful and had the potential to be a tourist area.

            “Ecotourism can improve people’s welfare as well,” she said.

 The target area for mangrove rehabilitation in Papua Province is 1,500 hectares spread over eight districts with 78 community groups or involving around 2,000 residents.

            “The pattern of implementing BRGM mangrove planting is carried out with the community directly. The payment system is also through direct transfer to the account of the implementer,” she said.

 According to the Chairman of the Forest Farmers Group (KTH) for Mangrove Tree Planting, Adrian Senis, the people in Armopa Village who depend on fishing for their livelihoods welcome the PEN BRGM program which was held with BPDASHL Membrano.

 “We are helped by this program since now there is a definite income,” he said.

 As stated by  him, residents are very interested in the program, it can be seen in their participation in the successful planting of 40 hectares of mangrove in Armopa Village.

 “Our group consists of 50 people, but all residents are also involved in this work, we work together. The community feels that the restoration of mangroves can be a fish nest for the villagers, so they don’t have to go to the sea to look for fish,” said Adrian.

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