Upskill Post Graduate Excursion
Community Outreach Event Monitoring and Planting Mangrove Seedlings at Kedonganan Beach with Udayana’s University Environmental Science Master's Students
In a strategic collaboration between Udayana University's Postgraduate Environmental Science Master's and Kelompok Nelayan, Segara Ayu, a pivotal community outreach event unfolded on November 12, 2023. The carefully curated initiative, titled "Monitoring and Planting Mangrove Seedlings at Kedonganan Beach," stands as a testament to the institution's commitment to environmental conservation.
The gathering took place at Kelompok Nelayan, Segara Ayu, Kedonganan at 14:00 PM, where a noteworthy assemblage of participants convened. Among them were the Head of Nelayan Segara, Mr. Wayan Suwita, and his dedicated team, alongside prominent figures of Udayana’s Environmental Science Magister program, including Professor Ir. Ida Ayu Astarini, M.Sc., Ph.D., the upskill Head of Postgraduate Program Coordinator, Professor Dr. I Wayan Budiasa, S.P., M.P., the Director of Postgraduate Program of Udayana University, and along with the Vice Director Ni Nyoman Pujianiki, ST.,MT.,M.Eng, for Academic, among other esteemed faculty members and students.
The agenda comprised mangrove planting activities and an integrated monitoring program. The proceedings commenced with salutations from the Postgraduate Director or their representative, followed by hands-on participation in planting mangrove seeds and monitoring previously established mangrove sites. Group discussions fostered knowledge exchange and collaboration, culminating in a group photograph to encapsulate the collective commitment to environmental stewardship. A pivotal intermission facilitated restoration and sustenance, fostering informal interactions among the participants. This respite, from 16:00 to 17:00, provided an opportunity for shared experiences and group photos, elevating community engagement beyond immediate environmental concerns.
On this singular day of community outreach, approximately 20 individuals, comprising researchers, Udayana professors, BMKG staff, the Vice Director of Academic Fairs, students and upskill team, gathered for the Outreach Event in Segara Ayu Mangrove Forestation. The collaborative effort resulted in the planting of approximately 200 mangroves within the designated area. Mr. Diara, an instrumental figure in the implementation of this initiative, articulated a forward-looking vision. It involves an ambitious agenda of planting more mangroves in the imminent future, coupled with plans for ecotourism development. Importantly, the overarching objective is to foster conservation while concurrently addressing the economic welfare of the local community.
In summation, the event reflects an admirable convergence of academic pursuit and societal responsibility. As the environmental footprint of this laudable endeavor expands, it stands testament to the potential for academic institutions to serve as catalysts for positive environmental change.
By Billy Bagus