To address the environmental issues on Nusa Ceningan, IDEP piloted a project in partnership with community-based disaster management organization, Komunitas Masyarakat Penangulangan Bencana (KMPB) in month year.
One core environmental issue on the island of Nusa Ceningan is waste disposal management. To begin with, there is no waste disposal site on the island. Transporting inorganic waste to neighboring Lembongan island is time-consuming and costly.
In addition to waste problems, Nusa Ceningan experiences difficulties in the harvesting and processing of seaweed. Prior to the project, seaweed was merely dried and sold, which did not maximize the potential of this integral natural resource.
Like many places in Bali, Nusa Ceningan is an area prone to natural disasters, such as tsunamis and earthquakes. Natural disasters cause beach erosion and disrupt the harvesting of seaweed - the island's chief export.
To address these issues, IDEP has implemented the following programs:
→ Waste Disposal Management: IDEP trained students, teachers, and other community members in waste separation, paper recycling, and creative ways to reuse plastics. 30 members of PKK were trained in waste management, including producing products from plastic waste.
→ Seaweed Harvesting and Processing: Additionally, IDEP instructed 30 PKK members in the optimal processing of seaweed and on manufacturing products from seaweed (i.e. flour).
→ Disaster Risk Reduction Training: IDEP trained students, teachers, and community members how to make a risk map, create an evacuation plan, and how to perform emergency first aid.
Other successful activities of this program include training of the students and women's groups in recycling paper and plastic materials to be converted into marketable practical items such as bags and multipurpose cases. The products are later sold in various Community Awareness outlets and supporting stores in Bali.
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