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Centre of Mangrove Restoration and Education (PRPM)

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In 2006 a tsunami devastated Pangandaran and Batu Karas with loss of life and damage to much of the coast—locals have reflected on the experience and researched positive ways to prevent future destruction.

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As mangroves play an important role in coastal areas to stabilise and prevent erosion, local youth began initiatives to conserve and expand the mangrove forests that surround the local beaches and set about educating the public on their importance. The Centre of Mangrove Restoration and Education (Pusat Restorasi dan Pendidikan Mangrove) was opened in December 2015 and the area has developed with a mangrove nursery and work continues to rejuvenate the coastal forest.

Handy in a tsunami. Photo taken in or around Centre of Mangrove Restoration and Education (PRPM), Batu Karas, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Handy in a tsunami. Photo: Sally Arnold

A short network of boardwalks about 250 metres through the mangroves offers pretty coastal views. Through clever marketing, by tapping into the local love of the selfie, and promoting the boardwalk as “the love bridge”, the mangroves have since become a popular ecotourist destination favoured by young couples for its romantic atmosphere (although signage warns “no immoral acts” with an illustration of a couple ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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