DAHANA's Social and Environmental Responsibility Unit (TJSL) worked in collaboration with Bio Farma to plant mangroves in commemoration of World Mangrove Day. The mangrove planting was held in Legonkulon, north coast of Subang, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
According to the Head of DAHANA’s TJSK, Eman Suherman, Legon Kulon was chosen as the location for mangrove planting as the area often is frequently flooded during high tides. The mangrove planting is also intended to resists abrasion that threatens the people living in the northern coastal area of Subang Regency.
"This activity is a form of SOEs’ concern, especially DAHANA for environmental sustainability in Subang, as well as efforts to fight global warming and abrasion on the north coast of Subang Regency," said Mr Suherman.
The Head of the Subang Regency Environmental Service, Hidayat said that currently the Legon Wetan area is frequently impacted by the robs. Therefore, the approach and support provided by Bio Farma and DAHANA in the Planting Program of 10 thousand mangrove tree seeds is considered very appropriate.
"Through this program, we are asking for the cooperation of all parties, especially the surrounding community to help take care of (the mangroves) order to reduce the rob current caused by sea water. It is our hope that the next Bio Farma and DAHANA joint event in the context of World Mangrove Day will not only focus on a natural approach, but also in other aspects as to prevent this area from being hit by the rob to minimize other disasters," said Mr Hidayat.
Mangrove forests have a very important environmental role as mangrove tree roots can help withstand tidal waves, prevent shoreline erosion, and lower the effects of tides and tsunamis. Not only that, mangroves also provide a rich habitat for many organisms, such as fish and crustaceans, and play an important role in reducing atmospheric carbon.
Mr Suherman also said that the company engaged in the explosives sector is also committed to being involved in reforesting Subang Regency, especially mangroves planting on the north coast. According to him, mangroves planting can also serve as a mitigation effort for prevention of tidal floods that often hit Legonkulon.
In addition, the existence of mangroves also offers economic potential for the surrounding community. For example mangrove tourism, which had previously enlivened the coast and restored the economy of the people's ponds around Legonkulon, and mangrove fisheries.
"We also hope that the return of mangroves can help improve the environment in the north coast, and ultimately improve the economy of local residents," concluded Mr Suherman.