As a part of Biodiversity ecosystem service research, RCCC has conducted a community engagement and outreach in Desa Pemerihan. Desa Pemerihan is one the village bordering the forest edge of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in South Lampung. A village meeting was held on March 15, 2015 and attended by 16 representatives from local farm communities. The meeting purpose was to assess base information on building a manual for identifying biodiversity ecosystem services along with the indicator species through participatory mapping along with recognition of their plantation area, wildlife-human conflict, wildlife road-kill, and wildlife sighting also assessed during this meeting.
During lively discussion, participants were able to share their opinions and propose their advice. In general, participants were able to identify important biodiversity around their neighborhood although they didn’t really understand the importance and ecosystem service benefit from the biodiversity around them. In addition, an outreach was also carried out in SDN 1 Pemerihan through bioecosystem service snake-and-ladder game and book reading. A total of 32 students in fifth grade were joined the game. The game included questions on where people’s live (near forest, near agriculture land, near urban forest), how do people get their essential such as, vegetables and fish, as well as does people plant fruiting trees in their garden. Students perceive the material well as it was presented through fun way such game and book reading. They show excitement and engagement during the outreach program held.