Ecoranger Talkshow Series 2.0 “Collaboration” Answering Waste Polemic in Indonesian Tourism Destinations

Bandung, February 25, 2021 - In the commemoration of Hari Peduli Sampah Nasional which falls on February 21, 2021, the Community Empowerment Division of Greeneration Foundation held a continuation of the EcoRanger Talkshow Series 1.0, namely EcoRanger Talkshow Series 2.0 (ETS 2.0). This time, ETS 2.0 comes with the theme Polemic of Waste Problems in Tourism Destinations "Is Waste Management the Key to Sustainable Tourism?". To provide in-depth knowledge regarding the issue of waste in Indonesian tourism destinations, ETS 2.0 presents speakers who are competent in their fields such as Ir. Rizki Handayani, MBTM (Deputy for Tourism Products and Organizer of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Baparekraf), Ir. Renung Rubiyatadji, MM (Head of Waste and B3 Management Division of Malang Regency environmental services), Abizar Ghiffary (Network Facilitator Divers Clean Action), and Arifin Putra (Indonesian actor).

The participants were also enthusiastic, 189 people had participated in this activity. Not only receiving knowledge from the speakers, but ETS 2.0 participants were also very actively involved in discussions. Participants were very excited to convey their aspirations and get deeper information from the speakers regarding the issue of solid waste in Indonesian tourism destinations.

Figure 2. Discussion session with Arifin Putra (Community Empowerment Documentation)

Indonesia relies on the tourism sector as one of the largest sources of state income. Capitalizing on its natural and cultural wealth, Indonesia's tourism sector is growing rapidly. However, the development of the tourism sector is not in line with awareness of environmental issues that arise in Indonesian tourism destinations. One controversial issue is the problem of waste. This is also agreed by Arifin Putra, an Indonesian actor who cares and is actively engaged in environmental conservation activities. He said, “Tourism is very important because many regions depend on the tourism sector to carry out economic activities. However, the development of the tourism sector can also cause many environmental problems. The community also does not have the awareness that environmental problems, especially about waste, are important to be solved ”.

Figure 3. Discussion session with Rubiyatadji and Abizar Ghiffary's Reflections

As an example of the waste problem in tourism destinations, Abizar Ghiffary said that "One example of the problem is that waste in tourism destinations occurs in the waters of Tanjung Karang which is Palu's diving tourism destination. When I was diving, I found a lot of rubbish covering the coral reef. Apart from that, coral reefs were also damaged due to ship anchors. "
Therefore, he said it was important to develop sustainable tourism in Indonesia to overcome the waste problem in tourism destinations. "Sustainable tourism aims to build tourism destinations by involving local communities, governments, organizations, and tourists to improve the economy, aesthetics, environmental and cultural preservation," said Abizar.
Apart from the waste problem itself, an obstacle in developing sustainable tourism is the inadequate facilities for both collection, processing, and management of waste in tourism destinations. A lot of Indonesian tourism destinations have not been able to cope with the heaps of waste brought by tourists. In addition, the awareness of the local community and tourists to overcome the problem of waste in tourism destinations is also an urgent problem to be resolved. The roles of local communities and tourists are very important to realize sustainable tourism in Indonesia.
Responding to the problem of waste in tourist destinations, the Malang Regency Government has made efforts to reduce and manage tourism destination waste by involving the community and various environmental organizations both for waste processing and education. The Malang Regency Government supports the village government which has tourism destinations to build TPS 3R. Renung Rubiyatadji explained that tourism destinations that already have TPS 3R are Pujon Kidul and Pan Java Farmer's Stalls. He considered that the community's involvement in the management of TPS 3R helped to overcome the problem of waste in tourism destinations because the waste produced could be processed into compost. “TPS 3R is a program that processes organic waste into compost implemented by the community. The compost produced is 30-60 tons per month. "

Picture 4. Discussion session with Renung Rubiyatadji (Community Empowerment Documentation)

From the various experiences of the speakers in being actively involved in realizing Indonesian sustainable tourism, it can be concluded that collaboration is the key to solve the problem of waste in Indonesian tourism destinations. This was conveyed by Ir. Rizki Handayani, MBTM. Kemenparekraf RI.

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