Saturday, April 5, 2008

British students to conduct coral reef replanting in Padang

Some 15 students of Cantebury College, London, Britain will plant coral reef seeds around Sikuai Island, Padang, West Sumatra, on Monday (April 7, 2008) during their six-day stay in the region, a spokesman said.

The social activity would be held based on cooperation between tour operator "Sumatra and Beyond", marine tourist resort organizer of Sikuai Island and non-governmental organization (NGO) Minang Bahari Foundation, said Ridwan Tulus, the Sumatra and Beyond director here on Saturday.

The coral reef seeds planting activity had become the primary tourism package in Europe, especially among British students, he told Antara.

Thus, Sumatra and Beyond would carry out the package regularly to lure European students, especially from England, he stated, adding that the students would plant the coral reef seeds in shallow waters to help in conservation efforts.

According to him, the coral reef seeds would be provided by the Minang Bahari Foundation which has a great concern about the conservation of the marine environment.

The coral reef seeds planting would the second activity after the first of its kind which was participated in by 27 students of Eirias High School, Wales, England in August last year, he said, adding that the former had successfully made a 10x10 meters of under sea park

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