TABANAN, Bali (BPN) – Diageo Indonesia held a workshop on the importance of reducing the use of disposable plastics in Nyambu village, Tabanan Regency, on Sunday. The workshop was attended by residents of Nyambu Village who, since April 2016, actively encouraged the ecological tourism village program in their area. At this workshop, Diageo collaborated with companies that focus on development and innovations namely Saraswati and Villa Dukuh.
Diageo Indonesia, which owns and manages the international brand of alcoholic beverage factory located in Nyambu village, actively encourages effort that can increase the awareness of the community to manage tourism businesses and increase people’s income.
This effort is carried out through the introduction of village potential in terms of nature, cultural, and arts that can be managed by local village communities and provide economic benefits and support the growth of the tourism sector.
Related to this initiative, Diageo Indonesia’s Corporate Relations Director Dendy Borman said, he will continue to actively participate in presenting programs that provide positive benefits in improving the people’s economy.
“Together with the people and partners, we want to increase community empowerment based on environmental awareness, as Diageo does wherever the company operates. Today’s workshop is to facilitate people of Nyambu Village to plan programs that can reduce the use of disposable plastics, and make Nyambu Village as a pilot project for ecological tourism villages that are free of disposable plastics. This initiative is expected to encourage the same program in other villages or places,” Dendy said.
Nyambu Village has ecological and historical tourism potential because it has rice fields and abundant natural springs, as well as having cultural and historical contacts from Ancient Bali (8th – 13th century), the era of Majapahit (14th century), and to date.
The Plastic-Free initiative workshop involved several institutions and social businesses engaged in the environment, including the Yayasan Wisnu, Avani Eco, ecoBali Recycling, Kopernik, Mongabay and PPLH Bali. The joint partners provided training to 30 representatives of six Banjars (traditional neighborhood unit) in Nyambu Village and 10 owner representatives of stores, villas, and ecotourism guest houses.
Each participant was invited to explore the biggest challenges in reducing plastic waste and explore ideas to reduce plastic waste and waste management at home and in the village.
Increased awareness is expected to build the people’s capacity in planning programs that can reduce the use of disposable plastics and manage the potential of ecotourism to be an added value for the existence of an Ecological Tourism Village.