The Jakarta Post
The North Sumatra administration, along with a Buddhist association, planted on Sunday 10,000 trees on the coast of Lubuk Saban village in Serdang Bedagai regency, North Sumatra, to build a natural seawall to protect the area from potential tsunami waves, among others.
Different coastal trees, including mangrove, coconut, ketapang (sea almond tree), beach sheoak and trembesi were planted during the event, which was co-organized by Majelis Nichiren Shoshu Buddha Dharma Indonesia.
North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said the tree-planting activity was expected to encourage residents to preserve the environment, adding that forest degradation was a result of illegal logging. He also hoped the natural seawall would provide the region with a coastal defense.
“We don’t want tsunami waves to ever hit us. However, if it happens in the future, these trees can protect us from massive destruction,” Edy said on Sunday.
The governor added that attempts to protect the environment were not only the responsibility of the government but also residents and environmental organizations.
Herwindra Aiko Senosoenoto, the chairwoman of the Buddhist association, said the event was also a manifestation of gratitude toward nature. “Let us work together as religious people to maintain the environment.” (kuk/swd)