Indonesia Threats and Progress

Reducing local threats and building community capacity

In 2013, CORAL developed a participatory coral bleaching response plan for the Karangasem and Buleleng regencies in Bali, Indonesia, as a step toward community reef monitoring, and held a workshop for the provincial government to help craft the plan. We also developed a local community management body for Jemeluk Bay, Amed, to prepare the community for more active involvement in coastal management.

Reducing recreational damage

Reducing Anchor Damage: After receiving training in best practices from CORAL, marine recreation operators have agreed to anchor at a distance and depth that greatly reduces harm to coral reefs.

Improving Business Practices: In addition to safe anchoring practices, CORAL has educated marine recreation providers about monitoring illegal activity in the marine park and developing community conservation projects.

Reducing destructive fishing practices

Banning Fishing in Marine Protected Areas: Commercial fishing and shark fishing have been banned within Raja Ampat’s marine protected area network. As part of their CORAL training in best practices, marine operators voluntarily agreed to police the protected areas for illegal fishing and poaching activities.

Providing economic alternatives 

Financing for Marine Parks: CORAL and its partner, Conservation International, helped the Raja Ampat community draft a functional and fair user fee system to protect the marine park from outside threats. This user fee system funds:

• Local health needs
• Local infrastructure
• Protected area conservation and administration
• Enforcement patrols to eliminate poaching