POKDARWIS Batu Putih
POKMASWAS Batu Putih
Batu Putih, a village in the most western part of Lombok Island, is well-known for its diverse tourist spots. Desert Point is one of the many places to visit. This tourist destination is notable for its waves for surfing, challenging diving spots, underwater large marine fishes such as manta rays and hammerhead sharks, and a camping area with a breathtaking view of Lombok's most western coast from the highland. However, Batu Putih still has a long way before it can compete with other tourism destinations in Indonesia, such as Bali, Raja Ampat, and even other tourism destinations in Lombok, such as Meno, Air, and Trawangan.
As a coastal village, the majority of its residents work in tourism or fishery. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic affects the tourism sector, dive operators, and local communities. They are struggling to find an income. The same happened to the fisheries sector. The price of the fish has dropped below the normal prices since March 2021. To provide a stable income for the locals, alternative employment can be a choice.
Sebumi sees the hidden potential in honey bees. The highland near Batu Putih coastal area turns out to be a rich habitat for bees which locals get the benefit from its honey and become their source of income. Unfortunately, the extraction and harvest of honey bees in Batu Putih are far from efficient. Only a few locals did it and in conventional ways. Meanwhile, Dugong, a rare and endangered species known for its important ecological and conservation value is known to inhabit nearby coastal waters despite the unidentified spread of the species. However, several reports have been made by fishers of their encounters with the dugongs. Therefore, research through the Socio-Economic method can help raise the economy of the community in Batu Putih.
Sebumi aims to provide training for beekeeping (the practice of maintaining bee colonies) for Batu Putih locals. This is to help them to develop a sustainable cruelty-free beekeeping community. The local knowledge of beekeeping can be shared with other locals. Sebumi will provide several supporting tools during the program, including beehives, flower seeds, gardening tools, beekeeping suits, honey extraction machines, and packaging. Sebumi will also collaborate with Tamang Dugong, a dugong campaign and conservation organization in Indonesia, to assess the dugong population and their role in Batu Putih water alongside POKDARWIS and POKMASWAS of Batu Putih.
- Train 5 beekeepers on a sustainable facility and method.
- Provide 35 beehives, 50 flower seeds, 2 complete sets of gardening tools, 5 beekeeping suits, 1 honey extraction machine, and 50 eco-packaging.
- Assess local dugong socio-ecological role through direct observation, interviews, and participatory mapping on 30 locals
- Assess local dugong population through drone surveys on 130 Ha area.