The MMAF Waste Downstreaming Program in Padang

Handling plastic waste in the sea requires campaign action. The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has declared a waste downstream campaign. The campaign was implemented through the Pekanbaru National Marine Conservation Area (LKKPN), Directorate General of Marine and Marine Spatial Management (Ditjen PKRL).

Starting with a waste reduction campaign with the theme "Downstream Waste, Generating a Blue Economy" at Tiram Beach, Nagari Tapakis, Ulakan Tapakis District, Padang Pariaman Regency. Apart from being carried out to commemorate National Waste Awareness Day, this activity is intended to reduce the amount of waste around the conservation area.


Director General of Marine and Marine Spatial Management Victor Gustaaf Manoppo, through a MMAF press release, said that the waste reduction campaign is part of Love the Sea Month. As well as a form of MMAF's commitment to implementing Presidential Regulation Number 83 of 2018 concerning Handling Marine Waste. Through this regulation, the Indonesian Government continues to strive to reduce waste by 30% through 3R (Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) and reduce plastic waste entering the sea by 70% by 2025.

"The MMAF campaign continues to be a form of commitment to reducing marine waste, as well as being an effective educational tool to increase public awareness and participation in controlling pollution that occurs on the coast and sea," said Victor.


According to Victor, protecting the marine environment from the threat of damage -one of which is caused by rubbish, is a must. For this reason, innovative and creative steps are needed in handling waste and involving community participation.


This series of campaigns consists of planting mangrove seedlings, beach clean-up actions, and outreach on sorting economically valuable waste. The recyclable and residual waste that was collected weighed 170 kilograms and was dominated by plastic packaging.

KKP also provided assistance in the form of rubbish bins to the Raja Samudera Conservation Activist Community Group (KOMPAK), which has been considered active in collaborating in handling rubbish resulting from tourism activities with traders on Tiram Beach.

Not only MMAF, PT. Pertamina Patra Niaga Regional Sumbagut DPPU Minangkabau as a cooperation partner of LKKPN Pekanbaru handed over 750 mangrove stems to preserve the mangrove ecosystem on the coast.

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