“FIRST, in the 1980s the villagers of Pemuteran often damage the reefs. Understandably, the livelihoods of fishermen. ”
That is an expression of the Supreme Kertiyasa, one of the lads from the village of Pemuteran, Buleleng, Bali, when starting the story of coastal villages which has become one of the mainstay tourist village at the same time developed a pilot Ministry of Tourism.
Pemuteran village development can not be separated from the role I Gusti Agung Prana is the pioneer and founder of Yayasan Karang Lestari is actively managing the reef area on Pemuteran beach.
At 25 years ago, precisely in 1989, some figures in the village of Pemuteran, one Agung Prana was worried about the conditions that existed in the village and wanted to rectify the situation, so that fishermen no longer catch fish by means of bombing.
With the bombing not only killed the fish are being targeted, but also other marine animals including even coral reefs that are habitat for the growth of the marine ecosystem.
“We begin repairs in 1989 and ahead of both in 1992,” said Agung Kertiyasa which is a local village leaders, Agung Prana.
In 1992, I Gusti Agung Prana established the first hotel in the village of Pemuteran, the Hotel Pondok Sari. With a series of orientation and education, people who had been fond of fishing and damage coral reefs, begin to understand and change their profession they even become the most forward in activities to protect the coral reefs.
Slowly but surely, the village of Pemuteran improve itself into a tourist village by exploiting natural resources into wealth. It is on the coast at the same time close to the green hills which makes it suitable for nautical tourism as well nature.
Under these conditions the tourists who want to “retreat” or “healing” can enjoy the mountain atmosphere. While tourists lovers can nautical diving and snorkeling.
On Friday (01/30/2015) Tourism Minister Arief Yahya with reporters visited the village Pemuteran as well as reviewing the coral reef conservation method “biorock” adopted by Yayasan Karang Lestari.
Project Manager Biorock, Komang Astika said biorock pattern that is to build the structure of the irons is woven in such a way then planted in the sea as a reef so the paste can later breed.
The structure of the future low-powered electricity, about 6 volts to stimulate the growth of calcium in a tangle of iron-iron that is needed for the growth of coral reefs.
Electricity is supplied does not use electricity as used by households but by using solar or wind so that more natural.
“With this method, the growth of coral reefs faster six-fold compared with the usual ways of development as well as the resilience of growth 20 times faster,” said Komang.
One unit structure to foster the coral reef will cost about Rp30 million and has now successfully grown as much as 90 units of the structure.
“To finance the development of coral reefs we use adoption pattern,” he said.
With such patterns, each of tourists visiting the community or others can donate 400 thousand for the development of the fruit of coral reefs and their names will be pinned on the reef.
Biorock techniques have also gained world recognition with the award as the PATA Gold Award 2005 and International SKAL 2003.
Once rehabilitated, the reef area which is on the beach in the village of Pemuteran today designated as free fishing area and only for the benefit of ecotourism.
There are several foundation engaged actively in coral reef conservation efforts in the region, including several hotels, dive shops, and local communities.
In addition to the reef area, Desa Pemuteran also offers ecotourism activities breeding turtles.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the concept of rural tourism is a form of integration between attractions, accommodation and support facilities is presented in a structure of a society that blends with the procedures and the prevailing tradition.
Development of rural tourism focused on community capacity building activities that aim to provide business opportunities, employment creation.
It also fosters rural economies in order to improve the welfare of the village through homestay development activities, culinary, souvenirs and arts and culture.
Pemuteran Tourism Village is a tourist village in Bali models developed by applying the concept of sustainability ecotourism based on locality, but it is also a tourist destination with a special interest.
Not only boost the welfare of the people through the economic value of tourism, the village is also actively implementing efforts to conserve the marine environment which is their wealth.
“Proved it, with tourism activities could be more prosperous than doing a regular job,” said Arief Yahya.
Pemuteran village is a village that was developed by the Ministry of Tourism through the Tourism Village in 2009 – 2010. The support of the program, among others, used to build the facility diving and water tours around the village.
Supporting tourism facilities have also all available in the village of Pemuteran in which this center has grown 18 buahhomestay / bungalows / innkeeper, 10 hotels / resorts and spas, 5 villas, 20 stalls / restaurant / cafe, 14 service companies diving, and 8 spa / salon ,
According to the Supreme Kertiyasa who manage the resort Taman Sari Bali, as a commitment to maintain Pemuteran is a tourist village then only local people are allowed to develop a homestay, not a big businessman from outside.
“Diving activities are also managed by the village of cooperation with a third party as an operator that will result is returned to the village,” he said.
Not only grow lodging places, tourist activities thrive in Pemuteran village for people to grow other businesses such as small crafts or culinary industry.
Pemuteran village, which was once a poor fishing neighborhood and the condition of the slum village, is now a beautiful tourist village beautiful and become one of the international tourist destination in Bali.
Now the 1,500 households in the village are also enjoying the benefits of economic activities that develop community-based tourism in the region.”The key to our success is not natural and not because of technology. But because awareness of the population. Without the awareness of the population, would not be able Desa Pemuteran so international-class tourist destination, “said Agung Kertayasa who was educated at the College of Tourism it. (Rz. Subagyo)
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