Palembang, 28 July 2022 – Commemorating World Mangrove Day which falls on July 26th, PT IPC Terminal Petikemas/IPC TPK carried out another Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) action in the field of environment by planting mangroves in the working area of IPC TPK Palembang. Collaborating with UNILA and a group of fishermen who are local residents, a total of 1,225 mangrove seedlings were planted in Sungsang 4 Village, Banyuasin, South Sumatra.
“Planting mangroves is one of our efforts (IPC TPK) to give back benefits to the sea. The sea is our source of life in the port. Mangrove conservation is one of our efforts to preserve the marine ecosystem. Mangroves themselves play a role in preventing beach erosion and abrasion, producing oxygen (O2), and being a habitat for marine biota,” said David Sirait, President Director of IPC TPK.
The mangrove planting action is also part of the celebration of IPC TPK’s 9th anniversary. According to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries website, the total area of mangrove forests in Indonesia in 2021 was 3,364,076 hectares. This number makes Indonesia the country with the largest mangrove forest in the world.
“Thank you to IPC TPK. We hope this activity can be carried out sustainably because it has a big impact and is directly felt by the community. From empowering the community to increasing regional income through the government’s Carbon Trading program and the development of Sungsang 4 Village as a tourist village,” said Romi Adi Chandra, Head of Sungsang 4 Village.
IPC TPK contributed to mangrove planting in 2021 by planting 2,000 mangrove seedlings in the provinces of Jambi and Lampung. Since 2017, IPC TPK has been continuously planting coral reefs in Lampung Province. This is in line with the direction of the Minister of SOEs, Erick Thohir, where the Ministry of SOEs encourages SOE companies to carry out mangrove and coral conservation programs in coastal areas. “Through the CSR program, this year we plan to carry out the conservation of 6,225 mangroves. Hopefully, the mangroves planted today can grow well, realizing environmental preservation, reducing carbon emissions, and providing benefits for the environment and the surrounding community,” David concluded.