Balikpapan – The Kalimantan Institute of Technology through a team in charge of KKN participates in maintaining the mangrove ecosystem. The activity was carried out in the Mangrove Forest Conservation Area, Jalan AMD Gg 4 Margo Mulyo Village. The mangrove forest area in Margo Mulyo Village has the potential as a natural tourism/ecotourism sector. This ecotourism activity directly has the benefits of preserving nature and the environment while improving the social and economic conditions of the surrounding community. However, one of the problems that is quite troubling in the mangrove forest area itself.

Waste is one of the problems in the Margo Mulyo Mangrove conservation area, such as plastic waste, household waste around the conservation area and organic waste from mangrove trees. Therefore, the KKN-T Mangrove Margo Mulyo group provided a solution, namely providing an innovation on how to process and utilize waste in the mangrove area to be more useful and become an additional income for the surrounding community and can reduce environmental pollution in the mangrove area.

This activity consists of 3 programs, namely Socialization, Waste Processed Craft Training and Waste Processed Craft Exhibition. In the first program, namely Socialization, where in this activity the KKN-T Mangrove Margo Mulyo group appealed to residents about the importance of maintaining environmental cleanliness. In addition, this socialization was also conveyed regarding the KKN program which will be implemented by the KKN-T Mangrove Margo Mulyo group. The second program is Waste Processed Craft Training. In this activity, the KKN-T Mangrove Margo Mulyo group collaborated with the Green City Waste Bank Group chaired by Mr. Abdul Rahman. The training taught is processed plastic waste that can be used as crafts such as shopping bags, hats, traditional clothes and much more. In addition, in this activity, Mr. Abdul also informed about how to make ecoenzymes derived from Organic Waste (Fruits, Vegetables and others), which can be processed into soap, food cleaners and others. Then the third program is the Waste Processed Craft Exhibition where the craft itself is obtained from the results of the second program, namely Waste Processed Craft Training. In addition, the Green City Waste Bank Group also showed off the crafts they brought. In this exhibition, it was attended by the Environmental Agency, the Environmental Ambassador Forum, Pak Lurah, Babinsa, and residents of Margo Mulyo Village.

"The hope of this activity is that the community will be more aware of the importance of maintaining environmental cleanliness, the community can increase income through processed waste crafts that can be marketed, and the Mangrove Forest Conservation Area can become a tourist attraction that is in demand by visitors, especially residents of Balikpapan City," said Setfani.

Some residents have hopes, namely the re-establishment of a Waste Bank in Margo Mulyo Village. Therefore, for KKN in the next year, it may be used as a form of ITK student service to the community.

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