Volunteering Expedition

Komodo

Coral Reef Restoration

Expedition

The island of Seraya Kecil, Komodo,  is 10km from Labuan Bajo, Flores. Overfishing and destructive fishing techniques (cyanide, dynamite, trawling) have seriously affected the ecological balance of local coral ecosystems. The deformation of the food chain causes significant social, ecological and economic impacts. Fishermen are facing an accelerated decline in fishery stocks. There are more and more of them. The local governor is worried about younger generations and, in agreement with the local representative of the Ministry of Fisheries, supports the project.

The objective of the mission is to regenerate and preserve, through a program of community involvement with the village of Seraya, the coral ecosystems degraded following local pressure exerted by human activities.

Specific objectives:

  • Strengthen the participation of all local stakeholders in the conservation of the island’s ecosystems.
  • Develop a model for the conservation of integrated ecosystems.
  • Restoring destroyed coral reefs
  • Ensure the involvement of local communities in the long-term protection of reefs.
  • Sensitize local actors to sustainable fishing practices, management of Marine Protected Areas and its ecosystem resources.
  • Develop a valorisation program that allows the creation of alternative, complementary and sustainable sources of income such as eco-tourism.

* Expedition 8d / 7n – 7 people max. Non-exhaustive program, adapted for each group according to the profiles and skills of each one, the tides and the weather conditions.

Program
  • Historical and socio-economic situation: Artisanal fisheries and corals
  • Introduction to the concepts of coral ecology and management of a marine protected area
  • Observation of local marine biodiversity (snorkeling)
  • Coral harvesting and transplantation
  • Restoration of coral reefs
  • Monitoring of nurseries and biodiversity
  • Fisheries monitoring and socio-economic surveys -Sensitization in schools
  • Discovery of the complete development process of a new program
Context

Flores is an Indonesian island located in the center of the Coral Triangle, epicenter of the world’s marine biodiversity. This region has 76% of the coral species and 56% of the reef fish species of the planet. Scientists estimate that more than one million species of plants and animals are associated with the coral ecosystem. This region provides food and income to more than 100 million people. World Heritage Site, Komodo National Park (Flores) is one of the most diverse and productive marine environments in the world. The park includes 1,817 km² and is home to 1,000 species of fish, 260 coral reef species, giant clams, lobsters, turtles, whales, manta rays, napoleons and dugongs (endangered species ). Reef animals are an important source of protein and contribute about a quarter of the fish intake. Well-managed reefs can yield between 5 and 15 tonnes of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other invertebrates per square kilometer per year. (WRI, L. Burke, 2012).

Accomodation

The price includes accommodation in mixed dormitory and meals for 8d / 7n

  • Komodo
    8D/7N990 €
    • Identification of species
    • Coral transplantation
    • Reef Restoration
    • Biological monitoring
    • Socio-economic monitoring
    • Awareness in schools
    • Locally Managed Marine Area
  • Nusa Penida
    8D/7N990€
    • Project Development
    • Mangrove replanting
    • Reef Restoration
    • Seaweed culture
    • Pollution problems
    • Manufacture of coconut oil
    • Awareness in schools
    • Marine Protected Area
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