Indonesia International Work Camp marks IVD 2014Written by Cristina
Indonesia International Work Camp (IIWC) finally done the IVS celebration 2014 on Sunday, 21 December. We are happy that the IVD celebration brought 100 volunteers young and old and even children to join us planting 4000 Mangrove seeds in Mangkang Central Java Indonesia.
Mangkang is a poor suburb area of the city Semarang, located in middle Java (Jawah Tengah). The city relies on fishing and agriculture for its living and many people are unemployed. It was not always like this here. In the past the village was relatively rich, due to a large productive shrimp farming business. The government used to simulate the shrimp farming, because it profit was very high at that time. To maximize the productivity many mangrove trees were cut and the ecosystem severely damaged, but no one cared as the profits were large. After approximately 10 years however the profits strongly decreased because the shrimps had no breeding area anymore and the water became to hot due to the removal of the trees.
Nowadays the local community tries very hard to reestablish the mangrove population, both to create a better living environment in their fishponds, but also to protect the village from abrasion from the see. As the combined effect of land reclamation for a large factory and the cutting of the mangroves together resulted in a strong abrasion and erosion of the coast which threatens the village. A nearby village has already been destroyed due to these processes and here they hope to avoid the same faith. We were lucky to be supported by SCI International (sciint.org) under a collaboration project: Sustainable living and Climate justice, GAIA Microgrant. #Climate4Peace #NVDA Common Action