In Bintan Island
Carbon restoration is an issue that has been widely discussed lately in various parts of the world. Coastal ecosystems, especially Mangrove Ecosystems, are one of the ecosystems that can store and absorb quite a lot of carbon among other wet ecosystems. In addition, the Mangrove Ecosystem has several functions including:
- Disaster risk management such as tsunami and coastal abrasion
- Climate mitigation as a carbon store and sink
- As a natural support
- Increasing the socio-economic community
- Protection of biodiversity
- Community education and recreation.
Indonesian government has been carrying out mangrove restoration program for the past several years by involving various stakeholders. In the Riau Archipelago Province, several programs related to mangrove restoration that have been implemented include are the KBR (Community Nursery Program) and GERHAN (Forest Rehabilitation Movement) programs in Berakit Village, Bintan Regency. At this present, Berakit Village waters area has been designated as a rehabilitation zone within the East Marine Tourism Park in Bintan Island Conservation Area, 64 Ha, which can be restored to support the existing mangrove ecosystem around this zone.
The Ecology Foundation continues to strive to build good coordination with Berakit Village in terms of developing and sustaining programs that can be proposed and implemented as an effort to protect and restore the mangrove ecosystem. Several programs have been discussed and drafted together to be proposed in the form of program proposals involving community groups, academics, NGOs and local governments, as well as the private sector.
In the future, Ecology Foundation will continue to make efforts to protect, preserve and utilize it in a sustainable way within the blue carbon ecosystem and the involvement of other parties who have the same goal to create environmental balance and support Sustainable Development Goal 13 in efforts to prevent and treat climate change.