Buleleng Chosen as the Location of the Indonesian Coral Reef Garden in Bali

Buleleng is known as an area that has the longest coastline on the island of Bali. This makes Buleleng rich in marine potential, especially underwater biota (coral reefs).

Following this condition, the central government chose Buleleng as the location for the Indonesia Coral Reef Garden (ICRG) program through the restoration of a labor-intensive national economy. The ICRG was established in Buleleng through a meeting to coordinate the national economic recovery which was held virtually recently.

Buleleng was selected along with 4 other areas in Bali such as Sanur Beach, Nusa Dua, Pandawa Beach and Serangan Beach. The ICRG program is a pilot for the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) and the Provincial Government of Bali. This program is already in the socialization stage before starting to be realized in the near future.

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To initiate this preparation, the Deputy for Maritime Resources Coordination at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Dr. Ir. Safri Burhanuddin, directly reviewed the ICRG preparations in Buleleng, Monday (12/10). Safri Burhanuddin said the ICRG was a program for the economic recovery of people who were directly affected by the Corona Virus pandemic. Especially those related to the management of marine tourism. 

Buleleng is well known for having great marine tourism potential, especially coral reef conservation. This condition became a major consideration, so the ICRG was rolled out in the Den Bukit gumi. With this program, the government hopes that coral reef conservation and management will be better. “Do not let us create conservation but it is destroyed by the community, so that the ICRG is a comprehensive program starting from maintenance, supervision and management as marine tourism which benefits all community components here,” he said.

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The plan, ICRG was officially launched on October 17. The total funds that have been allocated to finance the ICRG program are around 111 billion rupiahs.

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