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Grace Easteria

As part of our commitment to recognizing the important role of local young people in blue carbon conservation, we collaborated with Baruna Scientific Diving Club of Udayana University to plant our baby corals. The club delegated three of their dedicated members to be volunteer divers in our program: Yovita Ariandini, Komang Wahyudi and Aditya Putra. Besides sharing a passion for protecting the ocean, the three of them also share a love for diving, and each of them has decided to pursue a degree in marine science.

 

                Yovita                               Komang                                 Adit

 

As marine science students as well as divers, the volunteers believe they have a unique responsibility to “not only understand marine conservation principles, but also prioritize learning how to apply these in diving”, explained Yovita. Their passion for the environment is also fuelled by the numerous dive trips they have each taken so far, in which they have been able to witness first-hand the stark and heartbreaking difference between a healthy, thriving coral reef ecosystem and one that is struggling to survive. 

 

“Coral reefs play an important role in providing a home for the organisms associated with them,” said Adit, “and this is why coral restoration programs like these are important, to maintain balance of our ocean.” 

 

Although it quickly became clear that our volunteers had a comprehensive understanding of the ecological value of coral reefs, they were still largely unaware of their role as carbon sinks. As such, prior to setting out on our diving trip, we conducted a climate education session with the volunteers, which covered the fundamentals of coral reef ecosystems and the core mission of our organization: to decelerate the climate crisis through blue carbon conservation.  “Through this program, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the incredible capacity of coral reefs to sequester carbon and what that means in our battle against the climate crisis,” said Komang.  

 

Our volunteers hope that when this coral-planting program ends, the baby corals can still be monitored on an ongoing basis in order to ensure the sustainability of our activity’s impact on the environment. Through the process of participating in the program, they have each acquired a newfound sense of urgency to spread the message of blue carbon conservation. They strongly believe that we can all play a part in protecting our oceans for future generations to come. Whether it’s through being mindful of our carbon footprint, learning how to be a responsible diver or even something as simple as opting to use a tote bag when shopping, the message they will send from this day forth is clear and simple: every action we take – no matter how small – matters. 

Grace Easteria

Coral Reef Restoration Project in a Thousand Island

Coral reef rehabilitation in Thousand Island aims to restore coral reef cover that has been damaged as a result of human activities. Seeing that the Thousand Islands are coral islands, coral reefs are greatly significant in the coastal protection of the local community. Besides its ecological benefit, this project also provides income through restoration projects and tourism activities and helps boost up the potential of marine tourism in the Thousand Islands which was previously damaged by over 60%.

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Supporting partners

Under the banner of Generation Restoration, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) launched the Restoration Stewards program in 2020 to support and highlight the work of six young restoration practitioners and their teams, dubbed ‘Restoration Stewards’. The year-long program provides funding, mentorship, and training to deepen the impact of these projects.
In 2021, the Restoration Stewards and their teams will be supported to further develop their project and will become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards will share their journey in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they will spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for more sustainable landscapes.