The Jakarta Post
A Mangrove ecotourism site is set to be developed in the Muara Gembong waters in Bekasi, West Java. (Shutterstock/Ratihrimay)
Pertamina EP is developing a mangrove ecotourism site in Muara Gembong waters, Bekasi, West Java.
Achmad Alfian Husein, Pertamina EP exploration and new discovery project director, said the project aimed at helping the local economy.
“In addition to resisting abrasion, mangroves can also sustain human and marine life,” he said as reported by tempo.co. He also mentioned the 200-meter hiking trail across the forest as the site's main selling point.
Pertamina has planted 15,000 mangrove trees in the area since 2016, according to Pertamina EP Asset 3 Tambun field manager Agung Kurniawan. On Nov. 28, it planted 1,500 more trees to celebrate National Tree Planting Day.
West Java Regional Coordinating Board II head Toto M. Toha stated that the project would help rehabilitate the area that has been damaged by abrasion. He added that they expected the government to ensure easy access to the location.
“It will improve the image of Muara Gembong,” he said. (iru/wng)