Managing Blebak Beach - Jepara with Green Activities
On 2-3 February 2015, the Indonesian Green Action Forum mandated to IGAF Standing Boards - comprising of Angga Dwi Indrianto, Mutiara Niken, Ammalia, Ayu Octaviania and Achmad Solikhin with two conjunct teachers - to execute project entitled “Managing Blebak Beach, Jepara with Green Activities” at Blebak Beach, Mlonggo, Jepara Regency. The commissions committed the mandate due to a responsibility to manage the beach sustainably besides a part of IGAF Eco-projects. In the project, there were approximately 47 participants including 40 students, 5 commissions and 2 accompanying teachers. The students were from SD N 2 Jambu Mlonggo, Jepara.
This project was one of the extended projects of the previous project, Mangrove Planting at Blebak Beach. The program was not only a mandate but also it was an obligation for us to altruistic benefits notably for the next generations. In the project there were three indispensable agendas, namely Beach Ecosystem Introduction, Mangrove Ecosystem for Eco-tourism and Coastal Cleansing. The detail of the agendas was as follows:
1. Beach Ecosystem Introduction The students were prompted to ascertain beach ecosystem in detail because each ecosystem would contribute to support life of both biotic and abiotic. The most foremost ecosystem at Blebak Beach was mangrove forest, costal ecosystem and agricultural field. The sopisticated commission appointed to guide the students explained these ecosystem and their roles. These ecosystems were interlinked and interconnected with respective functions as a reservoir of biotic and abiotic livings. The students were so pasionately attracted to ask queries to the commision after explanation.
2. Mangrove Ecosystem for Eco-tourism Mangrove forest was the major bio-occupier at Blebak Beach which played role as life supporting system and shuttle place for tropical biodiversity. The students were educated positively to link eco-tourism with mangrove ecosystem. The forest has played to surmount three pillars problem of SDs in which the forest was functioned as eco-tourism. The students started to know the importance the mangrove forests to eco-tourism. And lastly, we taught the students that the most dominating species was Rhizophora mucronata.
3. Coastal Cleasing The last of the project was cleansing the coast. The students are propelled to bring sacs to store plastic wastes. Plastics were the most imperative pollutant of Blebak Beach and in the long term, if there was no treatment for cleaning the coast the Beach would be treathened. Most of local communities were assisted by the students to separate wastes both organic and anorganic wastes but the students were concerned to throw anorganic, plastics, into sacs. The hurdles confronted as executing project were students’ management and lack of commissions. However, the challeneges could be solved with good teamwork between IGAF Standing Boards and teachers. Lessons acquired from the project were: we should envisage the better future of both beach and next generation because both of them define the sustainability; and we must move forward with local actions with considerin big impacts.