Bamboo is an effective way of managing watersheds.
The Adaro Group strives to minimize the environmental impacts of its mining activities, which is pursued consistently through environmental management and observation. One of the concrete measures is the utilization of the Bakut Island conservation area, a natural recreational park, under the collaboration with the South Kalimantan Agency for Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA).
The ecotourism on the Bakut Island Natural Recreational Park can generate multiplier effects for the welfare enhancement of the communities surrounding the area. The bekantan monkey sanctuary in this area can also be made into a center of rehabilitation, conservation and education for bekantan monkey conservation, particularly in South Kalimantan, because bekantan monkeys have been included in the threatened with extinction species category since 2012.
The Adaro Group and South Kalimantan BKSDA have agreed that the main objective of the Pulau Bakut Natural Recreational Park development is to make it a model for developing community-based natural recreational parks and bekantan sanctuaries. AE’s subsidiary (Adaro Indonesia) has supported this program since 2018, with the development activities consisting of the following:
- Building a bridge and a shelter
- Building observation tower, gate, and ticket booth
- Installing information board
- Installing paving blocks
- Building a dock
- Building habituation and rehabilitation cage, and animal clinic
- Installing mini water treatment plant
Having the above additions, the Bakut Island Natural Recreational Park of 15.58 hectares has been more attractive to the visitors, who can now enjoy better facilities in the bekantan conservation area, which is also planted with Kalimantan typical plants. However, since March 2020, the park has been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.