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Comments: 'Bringing the reefs back to life'

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 21 2010   /  11:05 am

Reef restoration: Divers take part in a Biorock workshop to restore the reefs of the Gili Islands in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Courtesy of Delphine RobbeJan. 12, p. 21

Imagine diving off one of the beautiful shores of the Gili islands in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and finding yourself facing fishermen equipped with dynamite and destroying coral reefs.
It would be far from picture perfect, but this was the reality before the Gili EcoTrust, a non-profit environmental organization, was set up in the area in 2002 and signed an agreement with fishermen a few years later in collaboration with the local Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA).
The fish bombing has now come to an end, thanks to the actions of the local protection and conservation officials. But there is a need to continue supporting the work to make sure fishermen do not go back to their old ways and begin...