The Jakarta Post
Pristine: An aerial view of a mangrove forest zone in Teluk Bintuni regency, West Papua. (The Jakarta Post/Jerry Adiguna)
Mimika and Asmat regencies in West Papua are set to host events for the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on July 26 to educate the public on the importance of mangroves to the environment.
“The major theme in this year’s celebration is ‘Mangrove for the Nation’ in which Blue Forests wants to highlight the importance of the mangrove ecosystem in all aspects of life, be it ecology, economy or social life,” said Wahyudin Opu, coordinator of Blue Forests Mangrove Co-Management, in Jayapura, West Papua, on Wednesday, Antara news agency reported.
He said that in Mimika regency, the event would be held in Kokonao by monitoring the mangrove areas there and cleaning debris from the coast.
“Mangrove day celebrations will also be filled with activities such as on-site education about mangroves and competitions for elementary school students in Kokonao,” he said.
In Asmat, the event will be held in Yepem village, Agats district, with activities such as an education discussion about the importance of mangroves, a mangrove forest clean-up activity and a mangrove identification competition for local children.
Wahyudin said Mimika and Asmat had the largest mangrove forests in Indonesia, covering 513,900 hectares of land, and the second-largest in the world after the Sundarbans region in Bangladesh and India. (ami)