PPLH Mangkubumi has conducted Environmental Detective Training, with the theme “Environmental detective training” on Saturday, April 29 2017. This activities has been running since 2012, this training is carried out every year to provide guidance to the community on the Ngrowo’s riverbanks , on this occasion the GenBI (Generasi Baru Indonesia) or The New Generations of Indonesia, IAIN Tulungagung Commissariat has the opportunity to participate in the Environmental Detective Training Activity which is held in the Service Hall Tulungagung Regency Waters.
Training participants consisted of several communities along the Ngrowo’s riverbanks, village officials in Tulungagung Regency and also several students from universities in Tulungagung. In this activity the training participants seemed enthusiastic, it was evident from the enthusiasm of the participants in explaining the jargon of the activity. Attending as a trainer for this environmental detective gave new knowledge to Andre, Ulia, Ita, Siro and Fauzy. They are activists of GenBI (New Generation of Indonesia) Commissariat IAIN Tulungagung who actively participates in environmental monitoring.
The event which started at 09.30 WIB ran smoothly by discussing 4 important materials. The first material regarding Environmental Portraits was delivered directly by Mohammad Ichwan as the President Director of PPLH Mangkubumi, on this occasion the Director of PPLH Mangkubumi Muhammad Ichwan said that the Environmental Detective is only armed with a smartphone, anyone in the community or students and students can take advantage of this technology by taking part in being a environmental detective.
“Later, this environmental detective will report his activities, for example when he sees people throwing garbage in the river, he just lives in portraits and reports it to the village apparatus, wherein the photo of the perpetrator will be posted on the bulletin board to provide a deterrent effect,” Ichwan said when delivering the material.
The second material discusses environmental policy advocacy, followed by the third material on Environmental Investigation Strategies and the delivery of the last material on “River Ethics as River Quality Monitoring Using the Biotilic Method” which is the main subject of the training introduced by Sugianto. In his explanation, Sugianto introduced that Biotilik comes from the words “Bio” and “Tilik” which means the use of living things (BIO) to own or monitor the environment (TILIK). Biotilic or biomonitoring itself is a method of monitoring river health using macro-invertebrates (invertebrates) indicators such as benthos, dragonflies, shrimp, snails and worms. Biotilic monitoring results can provide clues to environmental disturbances in river ecosystems, so that the necessary countermeasures can be formulated.
After the delivery of the material is followed by a Follow-up Plan or Rencana Tindak Lanjut (RTL), which is the joint responsibility to jointly build the environment, such as by conducting socialization to local residents and taking an active role as an environmental detective. In this follow-up plan, Andre as the student coordinator said that it is important for students to take an active role in protecting the environment. This can be done by conducting research in several regions in Indonesia as a form of concern for the environment and a form of practicing the three principles of higher education for the community. From this training, it is hoped that the environmental community around Tulungagung Regency, especially the area of the Ngrowo riverbank, will care more about the environment by not polluting such as littering and being able to participate in controlling the environment in order to achieve a clean, safe and comfortable environment.