THE TURTLE CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION CENTER (TCEC)'S ROLE IN BALINESE COMMUNITY TRADITIONS' TURTLE USE
Turtles are protected reptiles because their population in the ecosystem continues to decline. The hunting of turtles for ceremonial and commercial purposes generates controversy among the community, particularly among foreign communities, regarding the use of turtles in Bali. The practice of utilizing turtles is popular in South Bali. Locals hold that turtles are revered as sacred creatures and refer to them as Bhadawang. In addition to traditional ceremonies, people consume and sell turtles. To protect the declining turtle population, it is necessary to establish conservation areas. TCEC (Turtle Conservation and Education Center) was established to preserve turtles and their natural habitat and to educate the Serangan people of Bali. TCEC collaborates with BKSDA Bali, BPSPL, and PHDI to provide education, assist with conservation efforts, and aid in maintenance. The use of turtles in this ceremony is, of course, a social issue with pros and cons. Six people agree with the use of turtles for ceremonies because their use is protected by law and the existence of TCEC as a conservation institution, while two people disagree because turtle conservation must be prioritized. The community's participation in protecting turtles in Serangan Village demonstrates how well-liked TCEC is there. In addition, it has a positive effect on the local economy through renting homestays, selling cuisine near the TCEC, and selling souvenirs.
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