BANDUNG - A total of 70 thousand trees planted in District Rancaekek, Bandung regency, symbolically Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar planted a number of trees in the Rancamanyar Ceremony Field. The tree planting movement was initiated by the World Environment Conservation Society (PPLHD).
"I see enormous community participation from students, young people to the elderly, so it should be started by the government to the private sector, academicians to the public, so it should be appreciated, otherwise cooperation would be difficult," said Deddy Mizwar, Thursday (25/1).
It hopes the tree planting movement can be sustainable because it can prevent damage that occurs along the upper reaches of the Citarum River.
"The tree grower at the end of 2017 is 280 billion rupiah, so there is an effort, but the impact can not be felt now, at least five or 10 years ahead, especially if it has not grown already revoked, so the consciousness must be built so there is ecovillage and until now there 277 ecovillage villages, "he said.
In addition, he is also grateful that the Citarum River has received attention from Mr. President Jokowi and the central government so that it is expected that in the future handling through structural and non structural approaches can be more coordinated and give a more significant positive impact on the recovery of watersheds.
According to Demiz, the main capital in the context of sustainable development is natural resources such as land, water and air as well as natural resources of plants and animals.
However, he said, the availability of natural resources in West Java has limitations both in terms of quantity and quality so that efforts to conserve natural resources properly and wisely is a necessity.
"The huge population pressure and the variety of activities in it, is one source of environmental problems," he said.
The clean water crisis, pollution from domestic, agricultural, livestock and industrial activities, erosion and sedimentation, land conversion, flooding, and groundwater subsidence are some examples of environmental problems that often occur in West Java.
He said West Java has a lot of surface water and groundwater resources. However, high water requirements and damage to the water catchment areas have had a major impact on water availability.
Water demand for domestic, industrial and agricultural irrigation alone is estimated at 17.5 billion cubic meters per year and the availability of water in West Java in the wet season reaches 81.4 billion cubic meters per year but in the dry season only 8.1 billion meters cubic per year, resulting in a natural imbalance of water flow.
"As a result the potential for flooding in the rainy season and drought in the dry season, the greater," he said.
Demiz added that to achieve ecosystem and hydrological balance, West Java has set the target of 45 per cent protected areas implemented through inter-agency coordination, forest and land rehabilitation, and marking of protected areas boundaries.
Determination of protected areas physically requires great effort but functionally can be defined protected areas outside forest areas, for example in community areas in the form of community forests, in areas of business in the form of urban forests, and in the area of education in the form of arboretum. (Even)