UNAIR NEWS – Indonesia Raya, national anthem, started Brantas river banks reforestation and management in Penjaringan Sari, Surabaya, Sunday, January 19, 2020. Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) this time collaborated with the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), Bonek and environmentalists in Surabaya.
The activity was a part of Collaborative Community Service Program (KKN) and the first activity this year. The East Java Provincial Government officially released the Brantas Tuntas Collaborative KKN students on December 26, 2019 in the Grahadi State Building which involved 16 East Java State Universities.
Dr. Eko Supeno, Drs., M.Si, as the Head of LPPM UNAIR said that the holding of the Brantas Tuntas Community Service Program aims to make students concern with the condition of the Brantas river because the condition of the river can affect environmental health and clean water.
“This Community Service Program is a concrete form of community service by students, so Community Service Program students can directly blend in and read problems in the community,” he said.
UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak., CMA, stated that environmental action is mandatory for all parties without exception. Collaborative actions are carried out so that they can work together to achieve the same goal.
“Hopefully Surabaya can be free from any bad things, such as floods and crime in the Brantas River. From here we must be well aware that protecting the river is an urgent matter, “he said.
Prof. Nasih also stated that in the future UNAIR will collaborate with the military such as the marines in Surabaya in disaster prevention measures, and experts were also needed in certain fields.
Meanwhile, East Java Regional Air and Marine Police Director, Pol. Com. Arnapi said that he really appreciated UNAIR because the Brantas Tuntas Community Service program is aimed at creating a flood-free Surabaya. According to him the activity was an appropriate anticipation for the existing problem.
“The city of Surabaya is located by the sea, so it is also prone to abrasion. Therefore, we expect UNAIR to participate in planting mangroves to prevent abrasion and big waves, ” he said.
Arnapi continued, he will continue to support UNAIR to conduct activities and achieve a better and safer Surabaya. Moreover, these activities will have a real impact on the community. The participation of various parties such as Bonek is positive.
As a Surabaya citizen, it is only normal to participate in the environmental protection so it remains clean and healthy for the common good. (*)
Author: Muhammad Wildan Suyuti
Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia