COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION LEVELS ON COASTAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION IN REMBANG REGENCY OF INDONESIABambang Argo Wibowo, Azis Nurbambang, Rudhi Pribadi1, Indradi Setiyanto, Kukuh Eko Prihantoko and Himawan Arif Sutanto
Natural resources have significant and importance role for fishery activities, environmental conservation, marine tourism and other related environmental service activities. It is needed to be well managed with increasing coastal community activity. The research aimed to examine the perceptions and levels of local community participation in coastal resource management and to study the roles of government in increasing community empowerment to manage coastal resources in three villages of Rembang Regency. The result indicates that the levels of community participation in the research location in coastal resource management is at moderate level. Meanwhile, the level of government participation in community empowerment for coastal resources management is at moderate level with a value range of 59.57-69.40%. The levels of community participation and the roles of the government in resource management in coastal areas need to be increased through the practice of implemented activities and programs. Further research concerning with strategies is needed. This is intended to increase the participation levels and the government roles in managing coastal resources in the research location.