Pangpang Tegaldlimo Bay is designated as an essential ecosystem area

09 September 2020 Mangrove forest that stretches widely in the Pangpang Bay area. (Photo: special) Mangrove forest that stretches widely in the Pangpang Bay area. (Photo: special)

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Aliansi Relawan untuk Penyelamatan Alam (ARUPA) with the East Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Build Indonesia to Take Care of Nature for Sustainability (BIJAK) held a socialization on essential ecosystem areas.

The activity which was attended by BKSDA, Alas Purwo National Park, related agencies, and community groups, fishermen groups, tourism awareness groups, and Tegaldlimo Village/Subdistrict administration was held at the Aston Banyuwangi Hotel, Wednesday (9/9/2020).

Arupa Director Edi Suprapto said the activity was aimed at disseminating the results of studies related to the plan to form a forum for managing the essential ecosystem area of Pangpang Bay.

The results of the study that have been carried out, according to Edi, proved that the Pangpang Bay area has good mangrove forests and protected bird habitats, as well as a place to stop for birds that migrate from Australia in certain months.

"This is the basis for the issuance of the Governor of East Java's decree on the determination of essential ecosystems that have a function as a conservation area. One of them is in the Pangpang Bay area. This is an area that is intended for biodiversity preservation but is outside the conservation area that we have been familiar with," said Edi.

There are many stakeholders in the ​​1,600 hectares area. Both regional stakeholders and interested parties utilize the resources of Pangpang Bay. Everyone will be involved.

So, according to Edi, it is necessary to establish a forum to communicate the shared interests of these parties.

"So, the workshop we are doing today is to map who is involved, what their interests and authorities are, and what contribution they can make to preserve the Pangpang Bay ecosystem," added Edi.

Head of the Planning, Protection and Preservation Section of the East Java Natural Resources Conservation Center, Nur Rohman said that this essential ecosystem area is a derivative of Law Number 5 of 1990 concerning Natural Resources Conservation and Law Number 23 of 2014 concerning Regional Government.

In Law Number 5, conservation is the responsibility of the central government, local governments and the community. Meanwhile in Law Number 23, for conservation outside the conservation area, it is the authority of the regional government.

"With that, the government has initiated the management of areas of important value outside the conservation areas in the form of essential ecosystem areas," Nur Rohman explained.

Meanwhile, the concept, said Nur Rohman, is how an area of important value is managed with conservation principles. There are principles of protection, preservation and utilization.

The hope is that Pangpang Bay, which has mangroves and bird habitat, will be maintained. Communities around the area are also expected to remain economically empowered. To manage this essential ecosystem area, of course, involves many parties.

So far, Nur Rohman added, there are already 4 essential ecosystem areas in East Java. Among them, Pangpang Bay in Banyuwangi, Taman Kili-Kili Beach in Trenggalek, Ujung Pangkah in Gresik, and Masakambing Island in Sumenep.

"Those essential ecosystem areas were established around July 2020," he concluded. (fat)

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