University of Lampung Planted Mangrove in East Lampung Regency
(Unila): In order to increase biodiversity of Mangrove, University of Lampung through Institute of Research and Community Service (LPPM), planted additional 1000 mangrove plants in Mangrove Center, located in Margasari village, Labuhan Maringgai, East Lampung Regency, Thursday (27/7/2017).
With the Theme “Increasing Biodiversity of Mangrove Margasari Village in supporting Mangrove Ecotourism through planting of Mangrove” the event was attended by Rector of Unila Prof. Hasriadi Mat Akin, chairman of LPPM Warsono, Director of Collaboration Development and International Affairs Cipta Ginting, Former Rector of Unila Prof. Muhajir Utomo, Lecturers, Deans, Students, few officials from East Lampung and two researchers from Japan including Yoshie Yamazaki.
In his speech Hasriadi said Unila that have been accredited A at the national level, the green campus has been targeting to go international one of them by developing a program of ecosystem improvement of mangrove plants in Mangrove Center East Lampung.
“We hope that the world could recognize that if you want to study Mangrove forest, it is in Lampung, especially East Lampung. From there it will be out of international research that will contribute to the database of world’s Mangrove forest. It will indirectly revive unila internationally,” he said.
Hasriadi added, Mangrove forest is very attractive to be studied because since intensive management between Unila, East Lampung regency, and the local people, there is an increase of Mangrove area every year. Evident from the area of Mangrove land which was originally about 700 hectares is now become more than 800 hectares. And it is an achievement in building and managing Mangrove.
I hope this forest of Mangrove can continue to develop into tourist destinations that have value for domestic and foreign tourists.
The regent of East Lampung was represented by expert staff in economics, finance, and development Ir. David Ariswandi expressed his gratitude for the efforts of University of Lampung to develop Mangrove East Lampung forest “not only as environmental entrepreneurs, but also the existence of Mangrove Center is able to improve the welfare of the surrounding community” he said.[Humas]