On Sunday, December 3, Human Initiative collaborated with PT Paragon Technology and Innovation in the Humanitrip program to take environmental action. A total of 2,130 mangrove trees were planted directly by 51 volunteers, who were also employees of PT Paragon, along with the Human Initiative team and local residents. The tree planting took place at Kiss Beach, Sukawali Village, Tangerang, Banten.
“Humanitrip is a volunteer program created to facilitate professionals to continue participating in charitable activities, one of which is environmental care. The hope is that this program can have a positive impact, especially on climate change issues,” explained Boy Mareta, General Manager of Human Initiative.
The mangrove planting around Kiss Beach is an effort to stabilize the environmental conditions and preserve all habitats in the area. Additionally, mangroves are capable of maintaining the stability of coastlines, protecting both the coast and rivers from erosion and abrasion.
“Although operating in the industrial sector, caring for the environment and climate conditions is, of course, our focus. The Humanitrip activity involving our employees is expected to motivate and foster a spirit of volunteering and concern for environmental issues,” concluded Dedi Setiaji, Branch Controller Sales Office Paragon Jakarta.
Tangerang is a regency with significant mangrove resources, with one of them located at Kiss Beach, Sukawali Village, Pakuhaji District. However, its existence is threatened by development activities and the potential conversion of land use. The mangrove area in Tangerang Regency experienced a decrease from 1996 to 2012 but started to increase in 2013 and 2014. However, in 2015, there was a significant decrease, covering an area of 149.61 hectares. This decline occurred due to approximately three meters of erosion, impacting ponds, settlements, and mangroves. Newly planted mangroves are often carried away and damaged by erosion.
Therefore, the Humanitrip activity selected this area for mangrove planting with the hope of directly supporting efforts to expand the mangrove land around the location.