Anti-Corruption Commission Finds Ecological Disaster in Lake Maninjau

Arfi Bambani
Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra, Indonesia
Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra, Indonesia - Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of the Republic of Indonesia has identified an ecological disaster in Lake Maninjau, one of the national priority lakes according to Presidential Decree Number 60 of 2021 concerning Saving National Priority Lakes. Lake Maninjau is one of 15 national priority lakes.

Acting Spokesperson for the Prevention Division of KPK Ipi Maryati Kuding in a written statement, in Padang, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, said Lake Maninjau is one of the prima donnas of tourism and is included in 15 national priority lakes.

Corruption Eradication Commission together with related parties have carried out initial identification of problems faced in the waters and border of Lake Maninjau. The problem started with the many unlicensed floating fish cages that caused various bad effects in the lake. The remaining feed and feces from millions of tons of fish in the cages make the lake water cloudy and settle at the bottom of the lake.

"Ecological disasters occur during the rainy season and strong winds, fish waste at the bottom of the lake is stirred up, producing ammonia that poisons fish and kills hundreds of thousands of tons of fish in Lake Maninjau every year," she said.

Illegal reclamation and fish farming in lake waters are examples of problems that exist in 15 national priority lakes. Besides Lake Maninjau, other lakes that are on the rescue list are Lake Singkarak which is also in West Sumatra, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Lake Kerinci in Jambi, Lake Rawa Danau in Banten, Lake Rawa Pening in Central Java, and Lake Batur in Bali.

Then, Lake Tondano in North Sulawesi, Mahakam Cascade Lake (Melintang, Semayang, and Jempang) in East Kalimantan, Lake Sentarum in West Kalimantan, and Lake Limboto in Gorontalo. Then there is Lake Poso in Central Sulawesi, Lake Tempe in South Sulawesi, Lake Matano in South Sulawesi, and Lake Sentani in Papua.

Those lakes are experiencing water catchment areas damage, lake borders damage, lake water bodies damage, reduction in the volume of lake reservoirs, and reduction in the lake area. Then there are also the problem of increasing sedimentation, decreasing water quality, and decreasing biodiversity which results in ecological, economic, and socio-cultural problems for the community.

The government hopes that the lake as a state property can again provide optimal benefits for the surrounding communities, not only for certain parties. "In addition, the preservation of the lake can also be maintained, so that it can be enjoyed by the next generation of the nation," she said.

Tag # lake maninjau # west sumatra # indonesia corruption # indonesia biodiversity # indonesia water

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