Multi-stakeholder meeting was held on March 18, 2014 which aims to involve particular stakeholders in accordance with the mandate of Disaster Management Law. The meeting was attended by the Department of Marine and Fishery, Department of Forestry, Disaster Management Agency of Padang Municipality (BPBD), village apparatus of Teluk Kabung Selatan, Padang Disaster Task Force Forum (KSB), Youth Group, PKK woman’s group, Village disaster task force Sungai Pisang, Community deliberative forum (Ninik Mamak), Community Empowerment Institution (Lembaga Pemberdayaan Masyarakat), Mangrove Group, and University students of Andalas Padang. The meeting resulted commitment from the competent authorities, they are as follows:
• Department of Forestry will continue assisting Mangrove group by attempting Mangrove group to register the license as a Mangrove provider and coordinate with Ninik Mamak for mangrove protection in Sungai Pisang;
• Department of Marine and Fishery committed to continue the preservation of coastal areas by planting Casuarinas trees by the next year.
• BPBD Padang in collaboration with KSB Sungai Pisang, and the community will conduct Tsunami simulation in Sungai Pisang.
The Head of Division for Natural Resources Conservation, Agriculture, Plantation, and Livestock Mr. Syafrizon said that “in 2001 Department of Forestry planted mangrove 25 ha in Sungai Pisang but failed because some reason such as the propagules from Bali were not suitable with Sungai Pisang environment and level of awareness community was low since they were not preserved the mangrove. We are pleased that now the community of Sungai Pisang is able to do nursery, planting, and preservation of mangrove”.(20/04/14)
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(Mardianceh Hutauruk, May 2014)