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    Vice Governor: Mangrove Prevents Abrasion and Enhance Tourism Potential

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    KARAWANG - In order to prevent carbon offset abrasion that often occurs in coastal areas, Regional Government of Karawang Regency cooperated with Toyota Indonesia and its cooperation, The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime, Ministry of Environment and Forests, as well as Provincial Government of West Java replanted mangrove and collected waste along the coastal areas.

    This Mangrove replanting that was held in coastal area of Pusaka Jaya Utara village on Wednesday (3/1/2017) is the third program held in Karawang Regency, having previously similar program conducted in 2013 in Pedes village, and in 2016 in Cilamaya village.

    During his opening speech, the Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar explained that mangrove does not only prevent abrasion, but it can be also a source of food industry, thus it will enhance economy of local people. One region that has successfully turn Mangrove into food is Karangsong beach in Indramayu. The local people living there have successfully turned mangrove into 25 varieties of food, such as syrup, ketchup, crackers, and other varieties of food.

    By this, the Vice Governor and Toyota aim to make the beaches in Karawang Regency become the pilot project to develop coastal tourism with potential mangrove. "Let the budget for this development to prevent abrasion be managed by CSR, so the Government of Karawang Regency just have to find out solution to build an adequate infrastructure for this development." said Deddy followed by audiences' applause.

    Investment in tourism sectors can give economic benefits more rapidly than other sectors, for example oil and gas sector. "As what Mr Wari (the Vice President of Toyota Manufacturing Indonesia-red) mentioned previously that it is important to make this area our pilot project for tourism project, then I couldn't agree more, that's right," he confirmed.

    There were also present the Regent of Karawang dr. Cellica Nurrachadiana, the Representative of Environment and Forest Ministry, dr. Agus Yustianto, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Ir. Agung Kuswandono, Head of Environmental office of West Java Province, Head of BKPP Area of West Java Province, Vice President of Toyota Manufacturing Indonesia, environmental activists, as well the local people of Pusaka Jaya Utara village.

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