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Pioneering Community-Based Ocean Stewardship in NW Bali (Indonesia) to inspire intelligent use of the earth’s oceans and empower individuals to become leaders of a healthy biosphere initiative that begins with the restoration of our seas.
by Biosphere Foundation (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Since 2010, Biosphere Foundation has been working with local communities and movements in NW Bali to steward our oceans. Our pledge is to continue to install & maintain mooring buoys, replant thousands of broken living coral fragments back onto the reef using local cement and restore mangrove forests. We will implement our NW Bali Waste Management Program to establish a recycling, compost and waste program for the people of NW Bali. We will double the capacity of our Balinese & international youth environmental stewardship programs; and establish a demonstration center for the sustainable development of our marine and terrestrial ecosystems. We will continue with our Earth Day & Ocean Day celebrations to bring awareness of the oceans through song and dance. And finally, our ship MIR will voyage to remote island communities in Indonesia with our Indonesian leaders to create hands-on community-movements dedicated to the care and love our seas.

Our programs in Bali (and Indonesia in general) are demonstrations for how local island communities, students, NGO's, government institutions, scientific institutions, philanthropic organizations and people can come together to steward our oceans.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Nutrient sinks (e.g. constructed wetlands)
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Integrated pest management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Terrestrial carbon sinks
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Biosphere Foundation founded 'Friends of Menjangan' (a community movement) with Bali Barat National Park to steward the reefs at Menjangan Island. Since 2010, we initiated (a) baseline studies (in 2011 and 2016) about NW Bali's Menjangan Island's coral reef, (b) implemented a mooring buoy program, (c) removed Crown of Thorns & Drupella snails, and (d) transplanted living broken coral fragments back onto the reef using local cement. By June 2020, we will have published a paper about the 2016 bleaching event in NW Bali and the impact local communities can have re the stewardship of reefs; as well as keep 41 mooring buoys maintained; manage on-going outbreaks of COTS & snails; and replant thousands of broken coral fragments to restore damaged reefs.
Biosphere Foundation has developed environmental stewardship educational programs for Balinese & international youth, as well as host Earth Day community outreach programs involving music, dance, immersion into nature, and participation with our land & sea conservation programs. We will carryout out 5 international and 5 local programs in the coming year and expand this capacity to 20 programs by June 2020. As well we will host an Earth Day / Ocean Day Event every year to include and expand our community-based conservation collaborations.
Biosphere Foundation (BF) supports the local communities of NW Bali to restore mangrove forests adjacent to Bali Barat National Park. Towards this objective, we will work with our partners to replant the Pejarakan coastline with a healthy mangrove forest wherever possible.
Biosphere Foundation has initiated a NW BALI Waste Management Program that includes trash, recyclables, organic and sewage waste. We aim to have this integrated facility and in place for both Bali Barat National Park and its adjacent communities by June 2020.
Staff / Technical expertise
Biosphere Foundation advises both Friends of Menjangan and Putri Menjangan (Balinese community-based nature forums) about how to restore reefs, coastlines and mangrove forests. We provide our staff, ship, field station, scientists, diving equipment, educa
Staff / Technical expertise
Biosphere Foundation has developed environmental stewardship educational programs for Balinese & international youth, as well as Earth Day community outreach programs involving music, dance, immersion into nature, and participation with our land & sea con
Staff / Technical expertise
Biosphere Foundation provides its expertise and help to Putri Menjangan, a Balinese nature forum, to restore mangrove forests in the area and support the creation of a Mangrove Botanical Garden.
Staff / Technical expertise
We provide funds and expertise to transplant corals using local cement. We provide funds to support a mooring buoy program, and COTS removal year-round that is managed by 2 community organizations.
Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2016 - 06/2020
Bali Barat National Park (Indonesian Government), Friends of Menjangan (Civil Society Organization), Putri Menjangan (Civil Society Organization), The community of NW Bali volunteers, Yayasan Biosfir Indonesia (Indonesian NGO), Biosphere Foundation LTD (Singapore Organization), Biosphere Partners for Marine Conservation program: Association UK (NGO UK), Alam Lestari (Civil Society Organization) SMK High School in NW Bali, College of Charleston USA (Academic Institution), Avatar Alliance Foundation (philanthropic organization) and numerous volunteers, and individuals who join us in all of our programs.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
As demonstration projects, our work applies to the global community.
Contact information
Abigail Alling, CEO, Gaie@biospherefoundation.org,
Campbell California, USA
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