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Community Based Coral Reef Restoration in Ambon Bay, Maluku, Indonesia
by Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Description: Ambon Bay was a highlight for famous naturalists in the past such as Alfred Russel Wallace and Georg Eberhard Rumphius. However only very small is left today of the under the sea beauty. Ambon Bay has started to have poor water quality which makes coral reef struggle to recover naturally. Most of community based initiatives in Maluku are focused on the area where the coral reefs are considered good.

Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation has established a focused expert team, Biorock Indonesia, which initiated a pilot project in 2014 collaborating with PT. Pertamina (Persero) and engaging with the Halong Village community, the oldest monarchy village in Ambon. It will also train the community members how to restore the coral reef using a proven method, Biorock.

Starting this year, the Pilot project will be continued with the focus of:
- Upscale the coral reef restoration area
- Increase scientific knowledge and marine technology of local team and involved stakeholders
- Develop Sustainable Tourism to increase local economic benefits

Progress reports
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
  • Other (please specify): Coral Reef Restoration
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
  • 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 fisheries
  • 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
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
December 2018
Increase scientific knowledge and marine technology of local team and involved stakeholders
December 2019
Covering of restored and protected areas collaboration with Community Participation in Halong Village
December 2020
Add 250 meter squares of coral restoration area and Increase Fish Stocks in Ambon Bay
December 2030
Develop Sustainable Tourism to increase local economic benefits
Financing (in USD)
212,814 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Experts of Community Participation, Coral Reef Restoration, and Marine Biology from Biorock Indonesia
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 November - 2030 December
Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation, Biorock Indonesia, PT. Pertamina (Persero)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Prawita Tasya Karissa, Mrs, tasya.karissa@gmail.com, +62 857 1829 5698
Bali, Indonesia
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