Indonesia: Collaborating for change
Indonesia is an area both celebrated and criticised for its ocean beauty and management. Recent research has shown however that is also the one country that has successfully used the WEF approach to collaboration, while simultaneously adopting a more technological approach to fixing the oceans. The country comprises more than 10 000 islands and fishing contributes 15% to its GDP. In 2014 Indonesia tackled issues with overfishing, slavery, plastic pollution and mass illegal fishing head-on by using technology. Although initially criticized as a gimmick, the country has seen an 80% drop in foreign vessels in its waters and local fishermen have seen improved fishing conditions. Apart from sinking illegal vessels, it’s Indonesia’s adoption of open data and technology sharing, as well as its partnership with open data transparency forum Global Fishing Watch, that has made the biggest impact, thus highlighting the case for collaboration.
Fight Against Plastic & Dive Against Debris: Meridian Adventure
Sean Galleymore, founder of Meridian Adventure, an innovative eco-tourism company focused on creating experiential ocean adventures for guests that is funded by Meridian Capital Limited, has adopted sustainable practices through the Meridian Adventure Resort in Raja Ampat. The resort aims towards a zero-plastic philosophy in place: limiting single-use plastics and being committed to ocean clean-up initiatives that limit ocean plastic pollution.
“We promote the use of reusable steel straws, reusable non-plastic bags and reusable non-plastic water bottles. A collection bag is kept on each dive boat and as far as possible we collect any plastic floating on the way and back from dive sites and during our dives. We are offering guest the opportunity to take these bags on their dives if they wish to collect any trash found during the dive. We work closely with local divers and government to host Dive Against Debris events. During the last event more than 270kg of debris was collected from beaches and the Dive Against Debris dive. We are aiming at hosting a monthly collaboration with the local government and divers. Data on the dive and types of debris collected is submitted to the PADI Dive Against Debris data base.”