The following article was translated using both Microsoft Azure Open AI and Google Translation AI.
A photo spot in the Mangrove Ecotourism of Medokan Sawah and Gunung Anyar, Surabaya City, East Java, covering an area of 27 hectares, on Sunday (26/7/2020). This area is increasingly visited by residents, whether just cycling or sightseeing in the area which has almost all kinds of properties, including toys, photo spots, bridges, and accessories, including flower vases made from used items. Visitors can also enjoy duck boat rides by paying with mangrove seedlings, which are purchased from local farmers on site.
SURABAYA, KOMPAS – The Mangrove Botanical Garden in Surabaya, East Java, was officially opened on Wednesday (26/7/2023). This first botanical garden in Indonesia that covers three mangrove areas on the East Coast of Surabaya, or Pamurbaya, spans 27 hectares.
According to Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi, the inauguration will be carried out by former President Megawati Soekarnoputri. Megawati, the daughter of Indonesia’s Proclamation Maker Soekarno, is also the Chairman of the Indonesian Botanical Gardens Foundation (YKRI) and the Chairman of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Advisory Board.
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Eri continued, the inauguration of the Surabaya Mangrove Botanical Garden (KRMS) in conjunction with Mangrove Day. The commemoration is held every July 26th since adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015 under the name International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem or international mangrove ecosystem conservation day.
After the inauguration, it can be utilized by the general public with tickets required for visitors. (Eri Cahyadi)
KRMS covers three areas, namely Mangrove Wonorejo, Mangrove Medokan Sawah, and Mangrove Gunung Anyar. In the three remaining mangrove areas in Pamurbaya, especially in Wonorejo, there have long been entertainment facilities. These facilities include a culinary center for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), boat rides, jet skis (a product brand made by Kawasaki), and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
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“After the inauguration, it can be utilized by the general public with ticket fees imposed on visitors,” said Eri. The management of KRMS involves the participation of the surrounding community who are less fortunate in order to improve their welfare.
Eri has stated that the development and utilization of mangrove plants involve BRIN. To his knowledge, mangrove plants can be processed into various types of food such as drinks and jam. BRIN is expected to assist the Surabaya City Government in implementing KRMS sustainably.
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Separately, the Acting Director of Research and Innovation Partnerships at BRIN, Muhammad Amin, stated that KRMS has 57 species of mangroves recorded. Exploration is currently being carried out for three new species to add to the collection. Mangrove species from other areas in Indonesia and the world will be sought out so that seedlings can be planted to enrich KRMS’s resources.
“Of the 46 botanical gardens in Indonesia, this is the first mangrove area to be designated as a botanical garden,” said Amin. Botanical gardens serve as tourist destinations, educational venues, and research centers.”
Therefore, KRMS can optimize its educational function for school students and its research function for campus communities or environmental preservation activists on the coast.
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