Wakatobi, BERITASULUT.co.id – Jasa Raharja in collaboration with the Nusantara Nature Conservation Foundation (YKAN) supports the development of ecotourism in Kulati Village, East Tomia District, Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi.
This contribution was made through a number of activities, namely economic empowerment of coastal women, integrated waste management, support for program sustainability into village regulations, and the creation of integrated waste management publications.
Integrated waste management in Kulati Village is very important because along the coast in Kulati Village is a place for plastic waste sent from the region and even neighboring countries ranging from Lampung, West Nusa Tenggara, Maluku to Malaysia and Vietnam.
Jasa Raharja’s Director of Institutional Relations Munadi Herlambang said the activity was a form of Jasa Raharja’s contribution through the Social and Environmental Responsibility (TJSL) program in supporting the management of biological resources in Wakatobi Regency.
“We believe that if the conservation area is managed properly it will provide many benefits, both economically and ecologically for the local community,” he said, Wednesday (28/9/2022).
“Considering that there are several historical relics as tourist attractions, including war cannons overlooking Binongko Island and a shipwreck that was looted by Japan during the war which can be found about 500 meters to the sea from Huuntete Beach,” he said.
Munadi said that the first program carried out in Kulati Village was the economic empowerment of local women to the Padatimu Toasoki group by supporting the development of local products, namely simba fish crackers which were launched in October 2021.
This effort, he said, aims to increase the role of coastal women as active players in maintaining the sustainability of coastal resources.
“In addition, it is also an effort to increase additional income through processing sea-based processed products, so that it is expected to have an impact on accelerating the national economic recovery,” he said.