INVEST Co-op Indonesia Convened a Beach Cleaning Action in Takalar
Ujung Baji Village, Takalar Regency, February 2, 2019 – INVEST Co-op Indonesia project, in partnership with the Government of Takalar Regency and Makkio Dalle Co-operative, conducted a Beach Cleaning Action in Ujung Baji village, Takalar Regency, South Sulawesi. This initiative complements previous beach cleaning activities in Bantaeng, Jeneponto and North Luwu and supports the Indonesian Government’s program for reducing plastics and other marine waste.
Representatives from the local government, members of the local communities, the Indonesian Army, school students and volunteers from the Marine and Fisheries Faculty of Hasanuddin University (UNHAS) took part in Ujung Baji beach cleaning activities. The objectives of this initiative are twofold. First, to disseminate information to communities about the benefits of clean oceans. Second, to build awareness among families and children about the importance of protecting the environment and preventing ocean pollution from plastics. Activities included awareness raising about the state of Indonesia’s ocean and guidance on how to collect, sort and track waste. This data will be consequently used to improve waste management practices through self-help groups and partnerships with the local government and Makkio Dalle Co-operative.
The Beach Cleaning Action took place from 7:00–12:00 local time, on February 2, 2019.
The Brackishwater Aquakulture Research Centre (BPBAP) Takalar supplied snapper fingerlings for their release into the ocean. One thousand eco-friendly alternative seaweed floats will be supplied to Makkio Dalle Co-operative in order to expand the use of environmentally friendly floats and preserve marine life. Participants in the event included representatives from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the Governor of South Sulawesi, representatives of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and CDF Canada, members of Kospermindo and project implementation partners.
INVEST Co-op Indonesia is a four-year project (2016-2019) that focuses on improving the economic wellbeing of seaweed, milkfish and shrimp (SMS) producers in the South Sulawesi region through the integrated co-operative business model. The Project is introducing aquaculture practices that are resilient to climate change and increase quality and yield of production, building the capacity of co-operatives and their members, improving access to financial services, and enabling co-operatives to run profitable, sustainable, and gender-equitable businesses. The Project is implemented by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) and is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada, through the Ministry of Global Affairs.
Victor Neagu, Communication Manager, CDF Canada