Committed To Protecting Environment, GAPKI Rehabilitates Mangrove

Press Release
Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA)

Committed To Protecting Environment, GAPKI Rehabilitates Mangrove

KOTAWARINGIN BARAT, The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) has teamed up with a mangrove farmers club to rehabilitate mangrove forests in Sabuai village of Kumai district in Kotawaringin Barat regency of Central Kalimantan province. The rehabilitation program is the implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) and cooperation between the maritime and investment coordinating ministry, the environment and forestry ministry, the maritime and fishery ministry, and a number of associations, including GAPKI, which has agreed to rehabilitate mangrove forests in a number of locations.

“Sabuai village has seen an expanding and worsening abrasion. Tha’s why GAPKI chose it as the location for planting mangrove trees to rehabilitate the mangrove forests there,” said GAPKI Executive Director Mukti Sardjono. After conducting an observation, GAPKI then tried to plant mangrove trees deeper into the coastal land to ensure the growth and survival of the planted mangrove trees.

According to Mukti, the replanting of 10 Ha location in Sabuai village is part of GAPKI’s commitment to rehabilitate 50 Ha mangrove forests in Central Kalimantan, especially along the river basin of Kahayan. Kotawaringin Barat regency’s Environment Service Head Fitriyana said that GAPKI’s planting program is expected to help solve the environmental problems in the area.

“This planting program is implemented by considering the natural condition of each location to maximize the planting success rate,” she said. He said that previously a planting program had been conducted in coastal areas of Sabuai village. But the mangrove trees could not survive due to the sea tide. Fitriyana added that they highly appreciate the planting program conducted by GAPKI.

“We need to strengthen our synergy to ensure that this planting program will be well executed,” she said. Fitriyana noted that the program will also facilitate them to take inventory of mangrove trees in the region. She said that the mangrove forests are potential as economic resources for production of various products. “Hopefully, they can become role model for others,” she said. Sabuai Village Head Tohari said that the mangrove planting program is very beneficial.

“Possibly, it’s not now, but in the next five to ten years ahead we’ll certainly see the benefits,” she said. According to him, the mangrove trees can reduce the impacts of sea tides, sea waves, and strong winds. She hopes that the planting program will succeed with minimum 80% of planted mangrove trees growing well and surviving. “We’ll bequeath those mangrove trees to the next generations,” she asserted. (*)

Jakarta, 12 December 2021
Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA)

For further information, please contact:

Mukti Sardjono
Executive Director GAPKI