Participation in Marine Protected Area Initaial Meeting in the Development of Ridge to Reef Management Project
|Posted by eastbaliwatershedinitiative on September 2, 2013 at 5:40 AM|
East Bali Watershed Initiative team was invited to take a part in a meeting of stakeholders for the proposed Marine Protected Areas in Kubu and Karangasem, East Bali regency on Aug 28th and 29th. The meeting was held by Conservation International, BPSPL (Balai Pengelolaan Sumberdaya Pesisir dan Laut) Bali and Coral Reef Alliance to introduce the concept of Marine Protected Areas to the local government officers, fisherman, and the business owners as well as to receive feedback from the local community about the plan.
The local community welcomed the idea of having a protected area and even suggested to double the size of one protected area. Participating with the local government, fisherman groups patrol the area monthlyand do beach cleaning twice a month. Many fisherman and local community are familiar with the basic principle on protecting reef such as keeping the beach clean, safe diving practices and selective fish catching techniques. With some assistance for better coordination and management of the protected area, these local communities can be conservation leaders and help sustain the coral reefs and the thriving tourism and fishing industries.
The presence of the East Bali Watershed Initiative team was an initial collaboration with Conservation International and Coral Reef Alliance in an effort to protect the areas with highest biodiversity in East Bali, support conservation education and innovate sustainable approaches to natural resource development.