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Darwis - Mangrove Ecosystem Conservationist in Bandar Bakau, Dumai, Riau

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Collaboration stands as the linchpin in the preservation of our planet. Since 2001, Darwis has assumed the role of guardian and steward of the mangrove ecosystem, initiating mangrove planting initiatives. His involvement in community awareness efforts regarding the significance of mangrove conservation dates back to 1999. Notably, he has undertaken mangrove rehabilitation in Kel. Pangkalan Sesai, Kota Dumai.

Furthermore, Darwis formed a band of mangrove carers when he established a nature school in 2010. In 2011, he fostered a community dedicated to addressing plastic waste through the Young Initiative Concerned about Waste (TIMPAS) movement. His initiatives extend to raising awareness about preserving coastal ecosystems through art and culture, developing Bandar Bakau into a mangrove research and education hub since 2009, and transforming Bandar Bakau into a mangrove ecotourism destination since 2016.

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