WAYAN WIDYANTARA, Amlapura
Saturday afternoon (17/11) yesterday, the sun's rays penetrated the skin. Leafy trees are the most convenient and comfortable place to avoid the intense heat.
It's just that big and green trees are very hard to find. Yes, the hot and dry place is in Dukuh Village, Karangasem. A village near Mount Agung.
Getting to the village is not really difficult. The road is paved, although not very flat. There is also a rocky road. So for that, it becomes a challenge.
Arriving in the village, the mothers seemed to be doing a trade. They sew knitting crafts from a tree called gebang.
Gebang is a local name stuck by residents of Dukuh and its surroundings for plants of the Agave sisalana Perrine type.
According to a resident named Ketut Sila, the gebang tree has existed for about 20 years in his village, but its existence has been very fine lately.
Now the local community in the village of Dukuh plant gebang and process it in shrubs to be used as decoration ingredients and make barong handicrafts.
"It used to be lost, but now it's starting to be planted again." Residents used to think of it as a bullying plant, but now they know the benefits, "he said.
The gebang tree is used to make various handicrafts such as barong skins and other handicrafts. How to make a table rug and so on.
The workers are mothers whose average age is over 30 years. The Darma Kerti Cattle Breeders Group is the name of the group displayed in a 4×6 meter open building.
The building is very simple. There are only 4 buffers, asbestos roofs and non-tile floors.
That's where the mothers do the trade. With motifs for bamboo mats, mothers sit cross-legged as they sway and talk.
Not far from that place, it was also seen that the mothers were processing gebang trees. He processed the leaves of the gebang tree to become the main and only ingredient as a vessel mentioned above.
How to process it is very simple. The leaves are securely attached to a bamboo and then pulled firmly by hand. As a result, it forms as a pity.
"After that, I seceded it one day first. Let me knit tomorrow," said Ni Luh Sikiasih, the gebang tree artisans.
While residues from the gebang tree are used for fertilizers. Well, the mothers of the village claimed to receive wages from the landowners for each vessel they made.
By meter of ready-made gebang trees is evaluated in Rp. 2,000. In one day, they can work up to 20 feet of gebang trees that have been processed.
In addition to helping economic life in Dukuh Village, 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
work with the 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 has worked in Indonesia since 1991 at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP),
and the local government to support thriving civil society through natural protection efforts,
support for sustainable production systems, strengthening of effective governance and sustainable mechanisms of environmental financing.
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.
Regarding the gebang tree to protect the coral reefs in the waters of Tulamben, Adi Mahardika of IC Indonesia explained:
last year, they are advocating damage to coral reefs caused by sedimentation of mountains.
During the rainy season, sedimentation occurs from Tukad Maong from the village of Dukuh near Mount Agung to the waters of Tulamben.
This makes the tulamben waters soiled and puts at risk the coral reefs in Tulamben, which is very famous in this world.
"The reason is because the forests in Dukuh Village are in critical condition," said the man in charge of the project of the "Mount Agung Landscape Reforestation Program", launched since November 2017.
For this reason, CI, through the Landscape Landscape reforestation program of Gunung Agung, became the first forest program of the Bali Conservation International (CI) program in Indonesia.
The more complete the Bali program with the "Nyegara Gunung" philosophy, they made a breakthrough with the villagers of Dukuh village.
One is planting gebang trees that 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 forest of the village covering 680 hectares.
If the status of village forests can be managed by citizens under the Social Forestry (Social Forestry) program, CI believes 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 vegetation and so on in the mountains. (*).
(rb / fig / mus / JPR)