In October JDN welcomed two guest speakers and ocean ambassadors from Conservation International to cover two sides to marine conservation work in Indonesia.
First, Mr. Bara Kalla covered the issue of Blue Carbon. CI has been working with local communities to analyse blue carbon locked in the mangroves of West Papua; the last pristine mangrove ecosystem in Indonesia. Mr. Bara Kalla talked about how this data will hopefully lead to better land management, policy and regulations, which in turn leads to both mitigating and protecting ourselves from climate change.
Next Mr. Abraham Sianipar spoke on the efforts to conserve shark and ray populations in Indonesia. For the past three years, Conservation International (CI) have used these charismatic species as an "entry point" for discussions and negotiations with local communities and local and national government in Indonesia on the ecological importance and economic benefits of conserving healthy populations of sharks and rays. This work has been all the more important in Indonesia given the fact that Indonesia for the past 32 years has held the ignominious recognition of being the world's largest fishery for sharks and rays.