WAYAN WIDYANTARA, Amlapura
SATURDAY afternoon (11/17) yesterday, the sun's rays penetrated the skin. Shady trees are the most convenient and comfortable place to avoid intense heat.
It's just that big and green trees are very difficult to find. Yes, the hot and dry place is in Dukuh Village, Karangasem. A village close to Mount Agung.
To reach the village is actually not difficult. The road is paved, though not too flat. There is also a rocky road. So to take it, it becomes a challenge.
Arriving in the village, the mothers seemed to be making a craft. They sit knitting crafts from a tree called gebang.
Gebang is a local name pinned by Dukuh residents and its surroundings for plants of the type Agave sisalana Perrine.
According to a resident named Ketut Sila, the gebang tree has been around for about 20 years in its village, but its existence has been very thin lately.
Now, the local community in the village of Dukuh plant gebang and process it into shrubs to be used as decoration ingredients and making barong crafts.
"It used to be lost, but now it's starting to be planted again. Residents used to think of it as a weed (bullying plant). But now they already know the benefits, "he said.
The gebang tree is used to make a number of crafts, such as barong fur and other crafts. Like making a table mat and so on.
The workers, are mothers whose average age is over 30 years. The Livestock Farmer Group Darma Kerti, that's the name of the group displayed on an open 4×6 meter building.
The building is very simple. There are only 4 buffers, asbestos roofs and non-tiled floors.
That's where the mothers make the craft. With reasons for woven bamboo carpets, mothers sit cross-legged while swinging and chatting.
Not far from that place, it was also seen that mothers were processing gebang trees. He processed the leaves of the gebang tree to become the main and only ingredient as a craft mentioned above.
How to process it is very simple. The leaves are clamped firmly on a bamboo, then pulled firmly by hand. As a result, form like a feather.
"After this, I dried it one day first. Let me knit tomorrow, "said Ni Luh Sikiasih, the gebang tree craftsmen.
While the waste from the gebang tree is used for fertilizer. Well, the mothers in the village claimed to be given wages by the landowners for each craft they made.
Per meter of ready-made gebang trees is valued at Rp. 2,000. In a day, they can work up to 20 meters of gebang trees that have been processed.
Besides helping economic life in Dukuh Village, it turns out that the gebang tree also has a useful function for coral reefs. How come?
Conservation International Indonesia (CI) has a nyegara gunung concept program. But before discussing one of the Nyegara Gunung programs, it is worth noting that CI
working with parties to conserve nature that provides clean water, food, and livelihoods, a source of life for humans.
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Washington DC, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to create a healthy and prosperous world for all of us.
CI worked in Indonesia since 1991 with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP),
and local government to support prosperous civil society through natural protection efforts,
support for sustainable production systems, strengthening effective governance, and sustainable environmental funding mechanisms.
CI works in four priority areas namely North Sumatra, West Java, Bali and West Papua and initiates a number of strategic activities at the national level.
In relation to the gebang tree to protect coral reefs, in the waters of Tulamben, Adi Mahardika from CI Indonesia explained,
in the past year, they are advocating for damage to coral reefs caused by sedimentation from the mountains.
During the rainy season, sedimentation occurs from Tukad Maong from Dukuh village near Mount Agung to Tulamben waters.
This makes the tulamben waters dirty and endangers the coral reefs in Tulamben which is very famous in this world.
"The reason is because the forests in Dukuh Village are in a critical condition," said the man handling the project officer of the "Mount Agung Landscape Reforestation Program" which was launched since November 2017.
For this reason, CI, through the Gunung Agung Landscape Landscape reforestation program, became the first forestry program from the Bali Conservation International (CI) Indonesia program.
The more complete the Bali program with the philosophy of "Nyegara Gunung", they made a breakthrough with residents in Dukuh Village.
One of them is by planting gebang trees which also have a function for the economic life of the community.
In addition, at this time his side is also struggling so that Dukuh Village can manage the village forest which covers 680 hectares.
If the status of village forests can be managed by citizens under the Social Forestry (Social Forestry) program, CI believes that it can benefit the waters of Tulamben with its beautiful coral reefs.
Because, it can block the sediment and garbage that comes from the mountain to the sea with greenery and so on in the mountains. (*).
(rb / fig / mus / JPR)