We are leading national effort to respond the increased sea surface temperature that caused mass coral bleaching in Indonesia in 2009 and 2016. With strong collaboration with Ministry of Marine and Fisheries of Indonesia, in 2016 bleaching season, we launched national monitoring network to map extent and severity of coral bleaching in the archipelago of Indonesia. Also, we are developing national working group consisting stakeholders and government to determine strategies post bleaching 2016.
We working with aquarium fishers (collectors) to develop sustainable capture of juvenile fish and develop grow out techniques that can increase economic benefits and create incentives for conserving coral reef. We are investigating supply chain and business process in the current practices of juvenile capture, underwater ocean grow-out, and floating ocean grow-out to improve their productivity, boost their incomes, and increase their access to new markets. In addition, we are investigating catch and population trend of some high demand species such as blue tang “dory”.
We also working with managers of local marine management area (LMMA) to study and develop best method of restoration- including coral nursery, coral transplantation and substrate stabilization- to restore damaged reefs due to impact of coral bleaching and cyanide fishing. In addition we conduct study to determine opportunity of restoration project to create a new potential tourism destination.
Reef Check Indonesia initiated efforts to promote transparency and governance in management of coastal and marine resource by optimising open data platform and advance in the information technology. These effort are conducted by:
We work to empowering coastal communities to increase their participation in decision making and in policies and programs that affect their lives and natural resource in their region through media and technology.
We trained and mentored local communities, villagers and fishers to document problems and issues they found in their everyday life through photo and video, and share it to various offline and online media. Thus, they can better formulate their issues, presents their thought and concerns, participate in discourse to find, develop and implement solutions.
Facilitating collaboration between government, NGOs, and grassroots groups to develop collaborating models in managing coastal and marine resources. Our models is tailored to be replicated in other coastal districts/cities and different level of government. Multi-stakeholder discussion is created as an equal forum to engage all citizen and stakeholder in the development and implementation of public policy and program specifically on coastal and marine resource.
We are piloting voluntary donation for conservation to raise resource for conservation of coastal and marine area, collaborative management of marine area (include establishment of fish bank) , reducing threat to coastal an marine ecosystem, tourist/visitor management, and zoning system for coastal and marine areas.
Approximately 37% of people in the Indonesia region are under the age of 35. This initiative is an effort to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the Indonesia to address critical challenges and expand opportunities, especially the future of the environment and their society.
Through this program young leaders will get deeper understanding on how public policy is developed, shapes and affects our future and importantly how they can meaningfully involve to shape policy making process. Young leaders will have direct opportunities to meet, discuss and learn from numbers of representatives in the House, head of public offices, head of local government, public policy experts, and civil society organisations.
Both reef and oceanic manta rays occur in Indonesia. However, very little is known about their ecology, biology and movements; factors that need to be understood in order to properly assess the impact of threats and to successfully achieve conservation goals.
Under the banner of Savu Sea Alliance we are working to shed light on Indonesia’s manta populations and the threats that are impacting them. Using genetic analysis, photo-identification methods and field observations we are building a comprehensive database of individual manta rays which allows us to map the species movement, migration and distribution throughout Indonesia, estimates population size, and highlight trends in behaviour, movements, life history and identify areas of critical habitat use. These information will be significant in the effort to build sustainable manta tourism in Indonesia.
In January 2014, Government of Indonesia securing full national protection for manta rays and establishing Indonesia as the world’s largest manta sanctuary. We are now working with the community to make lasting change in Lamakera. Started with strong community engagement and education programs, we gathering wide-spread support to identifying and piloting community transition from manta fishing to various other sustainable livelihood.
Besides equipping community and traditional/indigenous organizations to have meaningful participation in coastal and marine resource management, we helping them to obtain financial and business services to improve their business and resources to fund their effort to conserve their coastal and marine area.
We facilitated establishment of Tulamben Dive Guide Organization in Karangasem Bali. Tulamben is one of the busiest and most visited dive site in Indonesia, and probably the world. We also work to strengthen community led fisheries and ecotourism organization by provide capacity building for fishers and coastal community in Buleleng and Karangasem that have been heavily impacted by cyanide fishing and increased sea surface temperature (climate change). We assist and mentor the Tunas Mekar of Amed, Karangasem Bali, Bahari Prawara of Bondalem, Tejakula, and Taman Segara of Penuktukan to manage coastal resource in emerging marine tourism destination in Amed, Bali.
Merio Falindra works for Reef Check Indonesia as Media And Communication Coordinator and based in Bali. His works focus on how this good cause can spread to a wider audience for creating collective awareness about protecting and managing marine resources.
Erma joins Reef Check as Junior Expert of Educational Conservation and based in Solor, Flores. Her work focus on establising understanding on relation between human and nature and role of human through education. Her work has encouraged wider support and enggagement of local communities to the management effort to conserve manta ray in Flores.
Graduated from Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta, she now works with several school in Solor to promoting environmental awareness in school, and piloting reef rehabilitation.
Ayu Laksmi works as office manager at Reef Check Indonesia. Born and raise in Bali, very passionate in tech and awesomely good at drawing. Her interest is bridging technology as an emerging tools for helping manage natural resource. Despite busy with office and administration supports, she has produced an android base apps that ease collection and reporting of coral reef data from public.
Ayub works for Reef Check Indonesia as a Junior Expert For Community Development. His work focused on securing access for healthy coastal and marine resources and strengthening capacity of coastal community to improve their standing when participating in the management of their own coastal and marine resource. His work has enabled and catalyzed meaningful participation of coastal community and traditional groups in the development of sustainable marine tourism destination in Amed and Tulamben, Karangasem District of Bali.
Ayub graduated from Mulawarman University of East Kalimantan majoring Marine Sciences. Besides spending lots of his time living among coastal community, he also represents the foundation in public and scientific conference and government initiative especially related to effort to improve competency of fisheries facilitator and surveyor.
Angelia Siagian works for Reef Check Indonesia as a Sustainable Livelihood and Fisheries Officer, with focus on increasing the well-being coastal community by improving their livelihood and increasing sustainability of marine-based businesses. Her works has mapped strategies to increase benefits and sustainability of marine-culture and aquarium fisheries by investigating supply chain and method to reduce cost and mortality of fish/animals. She currently develops business models for fish grow out that can be replicated in other places in Indonesia, based on her works in Bali.
Angel graduated from Brawijaya University of East Java majoring marine sciences. She is expert on marine fish identification and involves in development of regulation on shark and manta ray management.
Iqbal Herwata works for Reef Check Indonesia as Research and Conservation Coordinator and based in Solor, Flores. His works focus on establishing strong scientific reccommendation as a based for decision making in coastal and marine management. His works in Flores has shed light on ecology of manta ray, mola-mola, and other marine faunas.
He graduated from Diponegoro University with a study on behavioral perspective and the environment effect around sunfish or mola-mola and strategies to incorporate it into management and conservation.
Derta Prabuning is the current director of Reef Check Indonesia, overseeing the overall foundation works in Indonesia. His individual work focus on issues related to building resilience of ecosystem and institution in face of climate change. Derta joined the foundation in 2010, serving as expert on community based fisheries management, where his work focused on building capacity of local fishers and facilitating their participation in the fisheries management.
Graduated from Diponegoro University majoring Marine Sciences, Derta is passionate divers and underwater photographer. He maintains that everyone must put the soul in every single project, not only because it is their job, but as something that you believe and what you fight for.
He frequently speak and involve in seminar and workshops on coral reef, fisheries and coastal issues both in Indonesia and international. In the last International Coral Reef Symposium 2016 in Hawaii, he presents strategies and lesson learned of how civic engagement can become a backbone to responding the massive impact of coral bleaching in Indonesia, the way volunteer movement become solution for getting a valuable data in the vast archipelago like Indonesia, and its potential to shape decision-making.