BPHM Finds It is Hard to Overcome Plastic Waste

DENPASAR

Mangrove Forest Mana-gement Agency (BPHM) Region I felt that it is difficult to manage the plastic waste polluting mangrove conservation at Suwung, South Denpasar.

“Garbage always be our problem. Variety of ways such as education and socialization has been done and now we employ four cleaners,” said the Head of Administration Sub-Division BPHM Region I, Kahar.

According to him, in 2007, every day thousands tons of plastic waste is transported using two garbage trucks from the mangrove forest area of 1373.5 hectares. But that number will continue to increase during the rainy season.

Nyoman Sarwa, the engineer in charge of BPHM Region I managing 19 provinces in East part of Indonesia, added that he had done several times of socialization and donated carts, especially for people who live near the banks of the river.

However, after checking it was found that most of the people living near the Badung River are temporary residents and nomadic.

“The most important thing is the public awareness not to throw garbage into the river,” he said.

Sarwa saw that one cause of the death of plants withstanding ocean waves is its closed pore roots.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Consulate General of Japan in Denpasar, Yasue Katsunobu, reviewing one of Japan’s aid project, said that “Japan International Cooperation Agency” (JICA) as the Indonesian partner from 1992 to 2011, has provided grant aid in the form of equipment, buildings and training around Rp15 billion.

The aid is directed to several developmental projects including sustainable management of mangroves, mangrove information center, and strengthening the mangrove information center.

Project Coordinator of JICA, Asako Yamamoto, admitted that the problems often experienced in the management and rehabilitation of mangrove in the world, one of them due to the plastic waste.

However, in the four-year cooperation project 2011-2014, which is the development of work mechanisms in sharing experiences and learning related to the management and sustainable use of mangrove ecosystems, the cooperation will focus on capacity building through human resources, especially in the ASEAN level communication.

This was done through workshops and symposium at national and regional levels. But he cannot be sure whether the plastic waste reduction technologies will be discussed in the event.

“Maybe there is no conversation about it (technology) but it would rather be about the implementation of the ‘workshop’. We can’t really say what will be the deep discussion in overcoming the waste,” he said.

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