Forum Group Discussion: Coral Reef Crisis in Thousand Island

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Grace Easteria

In achieving our mission to decelerate the climate crisis, we believe a collaborative effort is not only beneficial, but highly required, especially in regards to the locals. By conducting focus group discussions, we aimed to secure their support and participation in our conservation efforts. We found that the people of the Thousand Islands recognize the need for a program such as ours as an imperative effort to protect their homes. 

Through our discussions, we were able to identify their concerns and interests relevant to our project. The locals recognized the decline in quality of their existing coral reef ecosystem as a result of climate change. It becomes evident that conservation efforts need to be carried out to reduce the impact of the climate crisis whilst increasing protection for the coral reefs. This can be further supported by education initiatives aimed at raising awareness and understanding on the importance of coral reefs for the community.  

However, since there are plenty of pre-existing organizations and youth groups with a similar mission to Carbon Ethics, the locals feel that educational workshops can often feel redundant. As a proposed solution, they believe that we would make a stronger impact by collaborating with other organizations as well as the local government.

The tourism industry also plays a substantial role in the local livelihood, considering the widely recognized appeal of the Thousand Islands’ beautiful underwater ecosystems. However, the bustling tourism industry of the Thousand Islands can often be perceived as a threat due to a lack of education and awareness on how to be a responsible tourist. The locals feel that one of the efforts we can incorporate into our conservation agenda is to educate tourism practitioners as well as visiting tourists on sustainable and responsible tourism. 

These discussions are not just a platform for exchanging perspectives and identifying the needs of the community, but rather as a genuine way to connect with them on a deeper, more personal level. It is hoped that further discussions like these can be held on a regular basis as a way to align our conservation efforts with the community’s needs.

Save The Reefs, They’re The Only Ones We Got!

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.