Universitas Indonesia Conferences, The 8th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Coping with Crisis of the local coastal community in West Sumatra: A Narrative Approach
nursyirwan effendi

Last modified: 2022-05-31


Covid-19 has resulted multiple crises among societies in Indonesia and throughout the world. The crisis is also faced by coastal communities in West Sumatra, especially the community in the Pesisir Selatan Regency. Their economic life is significantly slowing, social activities are obviously limited, and environmental use is declining so that a collective benefit is almost nothing. For about two years the community has been living in a very limited life pattern. Finally, the community makes a breakthrough by means of conserving the environment. A group, namely the Youth Cares for the Environment (Laskar Pemuda Peduli Lingkungan), in the village (nagari) of Ampiang Parak, Sutera Pesisir Selatan District, West Sumatra, has carried out a movement to save the environment which later developed it into a tourism activity and build a new culture in maintaining the ecosystem, namely an educational-based tourism. This effort presents a socio-cultural atmosphere in saving the environment so that a condition of environmental sustainability is clearly formed. All of these became a series of events that built the vitality of the local community in the area recently. This article was written based on qualitative research on environmental sustainability issue conducted in 2022. The purpose of this article is to find out how a series of environmental sustainability events becomes a narratively constructed body of knowledge by local communities. Through this, the author will give an understanding the meaning of stories about the journey of local communities in facing crises until they are able to maintain life in environmental, tourism and cultural in one connectivity.


Keywords: Covid-19 crisis, environment, conservation, culture, tourism

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