South Lampung Residents Develop Economic Value Environmental Conservation Plants

Community interest in preserving a conservation-based environment in South Lampung (Lamsel) is quite high.

As a form of support for environmental conservation, the community independently provides dozens of types of seeds of economic value.

Andhika, a resident of Rawi Village, alluded to concerns that the use of forest land for non-productive plants would impact on deforestation. As an effort to reforest, he told the community to work to replant soil with productive timber plants.

The concept of empowerment for the preservation of forest areas is carried out in the forests of Gunung Rajabasa, Tanggamus protected forest area and the West Coast area. As a source of seeds, he spends a plant that is economically valuable and has ecological support.

Some plants that were developed are endemic vegetation which began to be rarely developed. Among them are candlenut, areca nut, jolang jaling, jengkol, petai, and as many productive crops. The concept of placing productive trees is intended so that people do not work on logging because they still get economic value.

“As socialization for the community, I emphasize the use of non-timber forest products so that plants remain sustainable, environmental conservation is maintained, and economic resources can still be obtained,” said Andhika when visited by High Field Foresty on Wednesday (24/7/2019).

Andhika, who is one of the partners of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), has prepared seedlings since 012. Many seeds were distributed to as many areas in Lamsel as West Coast, Tanggamus, even to Lampung, which needed reforestation plants. Since the beginning of 2012, at least 10 million have been distributed to conservation plant seeds.

Since March 2019, 3 million seeds have been prepared to plant many community forest areas. In addition to community forests, plantations, he also intensified efforts to plant environmental education institutions of the government and private parties who care about environmental conservation.

“In collaboration with rangers, efforts to guard the forest continue to be carried out by asking residents to place wood, may be collected from fruit, sap, but do not cut it down,” said Andhika.

Productive plants such as resin, candlenut, jengkol, jolang jaling, petai are called good enough to absorb water. Having a high canopy creates this type of plant can be intercropped with cocoa, cloves which are also productive plants. Planting so many kinds of plants creates people who can get Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). In addition to getting weekly, monthly, and water-absorbing trees, they can protect the environment from the weakness of water supply.

Yudi, among the managers of the tree seed nursery belonging to Andhika, alluded to the seeds being provided on a one-hectare land. All types of productive plant seeds are sown using compost. Pecan, mahogany, and areca plants are even grown without polybag media. The system for using husk, compost, and fertile soil makes the embryo grow with comprehensive care.

“Candlenut plants are prepared to reach the age of three months but look forward to the rainy season being planted,” Yudi said.

Yudi assured when the rainy season’s planting situation could be carried out. Many plant seeds are ordered by the community who will work on regeneration and diversion of plants. Some of the owners of teak gardens and medang chose to replace candlenut and areca plants. Because of the age of 5 to 6 years bear fruit. While these plant species bear seasonal fruit that can be harvested each time, besides having economic value, it can be used for environmental conservation.