Heroic Conservation Restoring Beautiful Gili Trawangan
On 12/03/2020 by James D'Arcy
Heroic Conservation Restoring Beautiful Gili Trawangan
What’s Gili Trawangan?
Gili Trawangan has been known for a couple of decades as a remote island paradise. Pristine beaches, beautiful weather and sensational diving are available year-round. This makes it a much sought-after pocket of paradise, attracting tourists year in year out.
But, as everywhere else on earth, the island is currently facing some big changes. Climate change and pollution have been threatening most places on earth. Remote islands are most at risk of rising sea levels and rising temperatures.
We’re going to take a look at some of the proactive conservation projects currently in place on the island. These efforts are making Gili Trawangan better and stronger than ever before.
What about the waste?
In many parts of South East Asia, proper waste management has not been a priority. On top of this, developed countries from Europe, USA and Australia have been exploiting lax regulations across the region. This means a lot of waste ends up in the waterways.
Yet in 2019, Malaysia, China, the Philippines and Indonesia began to put serious efforts into tackling the issue. This move was supported by those running conservation projects in Gili Trawangan.
The Gili Eco Trust is home to Gili Trawangan’s resident conservation experts. They collect as much waste as possible from the major businesses on the island. Due to its isolated position in the ocean, waste management is hard to keep on top of. Their ‘zero waste to landfill’ initiative is a project run by 23 local staff, organising waste. This project ensures that waste reaches the appropriate destination in Indonesia.
Further, the Gili Eco Trust is creating an integrated waste facility. Aside from further reducing the island's pollution, it also provides vital jobs for around 50 locals.
Who’s helping out?
Manta Dive Gili Trawangan is one of the island’s main dive shops. And like many shops on the island, we have supported the Gili Eco Trust in projects for years. Not only on the land but also in the waters which attract avid divers from across the globe.
What’s happened to the reef?
Rising temperatures in the ocean have led to the symbiotic algae being dispelled from coral reefs, leading to something called ‘coral bleaching’. Most reefs worldwide are already either threatened or damaged from this phenomenon. In 2010, Gili Trawangan was surrounded by vibrant reefs. They were affected by some large areas being bleached.
In retaliation, four years ago, Delphine of the Gili Eco Trust headed up a project alongside dive shops such as Manta Dive Gili Trawangan. The project saw the construction and implementation of Bio Rock structures. They targeted some of the most damaged areas of the reef.
The Bio Rock structure is a steel frame which gives corals the best environment to grow. They generate at a rapid rate, whilst still being healthy. A low voltage electrical current is sent through the structure. This makes conditions perfect for hard corals allowing them to grow eight times faster than normal.
The rapid success has been imperative to the restoration of certain dive sites. The project aims to become 100% sustainable within the next 2-5 years. To do this they will be harnessing the power of current based resources. This is an ambitious target for an organisation run off donations.
What other conservation projects?
As we enter 2020, Manta Dive Gili Trawangan has also announced the start of a large campaign. It’s set to aid conservation projects across Indonesia over the next decade.
The project is aiming to tackle conservation challenges with both short and long term goals in place. From supporting renewable energy companies to offering the first licensed reef-safe sunscreen.
Our dive centres vision is to encourage a large number of conservation-conscious divers to visit Indonesia and Gili Trawangan.
It is through this tourism that organisations like Gili Eco Trust can get donations. Visiting paradise and seeing the wonders that live in the waters around the island serve as an incredible motivation. It’s a reminder to protect this beautiful planet we all share.
And what about those in charge?
The local Marine Government have also recently improved their efforts. They are working closer with the Gili Eco Trust. The addition of a brand new pier is set to prevent illegal anchoring. This is an issue which is currently damaging many reef structures surrounding the island.
The project has been commended by the Gili Eco Trust, as it is another step forward in protecting this idyllic part of Indonesia.
Give us some air
Back on land, and another project which is advancing at a rapid rate, is the mass planting of 7,000 tree seeds. In six months, over 2,000 have reached maturity. These are in the process of being organised for distribution, not only on Gili Trawangan but all the Gili islands. The trees act as another step forward in conservation efforts on the island.
The plant life is not only vital for oxygenating the planet but also helps maintain Gili Trawangan's stunning backdrops. The scenery leads to some of the best sunsets seen in Asia. The project aims to have trees dispersed across Gili Meno and Gili Air in the next few months. This will unite the islands for the massive conservation effort in battling climate change, which is vital.
How can you help the Gilis?
Environmental issues are a global problem which we need to tackle together. The creative and relentless efforts of many are improving the situation in the Gilis. But you don’t need to be present here in order to help the situation.
Aim to reduce your plastic consumption. It’s incredible the number of products that have layers of unnecessary packaging. Farmers markets are a brilliant way to get your fruit and vegetables with zero plastic packaging. Plus it will be cost-effective and locally sourced meaning a lower carbon footprint AND it’s better for you!
Be conscious of the brands you purchase from. Non-environmentally friendly corporations are fuelled by greed. By boycotting these companies it decreases their profit margins. Write to local politicians and key policymakers. Utilise your social media platforms to spread awareness and encourage others to take action.
Walk or cycle to work when possible and if not, use public transport or carpooling. This reduces everybody's overall carbon footprint. I know you’ve heard these things before but the impact cannot be understated.
And finally, if you can, come and see for yourself the Gili Trawangan conservation efforts. Take part in a beach clean up, support local reputable charities and enjoy the beauty that is on offer here.
Post your comment
« previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 next »
No one has commented on this page yet.
RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments
wcaurpvh 31/12/2020 1:43pm (2 years ago)
cialis 10mg price https://cialisusy.com/# - levitra vs cialis
online canadian pharmacy [url=https://cialisusy.com/]cost of cialis[/url] cialis price walgreens
JoshuaLEW 29/12/2020 8:16am (2 years ago)
[b]New-York erotic: [url=http://nuru-massage-ny.com]nude massage nyc[/url][/b]
We greet you! Our employees firms those who make your daily life easier. Our organization that gives you massage .
Characteristic unusuality our Honey salon is not an enforced setting. We create groups in a social network to develop.
Ready to provide all of you try some method massage techniques today. Go to site and further ascertain subtleties of massage.
Forexcaby 21/12/2020 12:09pm (2 years ago)
Свечной паттерн форекс. https://ru.forex-is.com
Forexcaby 10/12/2020 8:36pm (2 years ago)
Форекс күніндегі үздік сауда сигналдары. https://kz.forex-is.com
Hallie 09/12/2020 3:59pm (2 years ago)
I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or blog posts in this sort of area .
Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site.
Reading this info So i am satisfied to convey that I've a
very just right uncanny feeling I came upon just
what I needed. I such a lot indisputably will make certain to don?t overlook this site
and provides it a look on a relentless basis.
what is a good credit score
pwtmtxeh 08/12/2020 5:57am (2 years ago)
viagra dosage recommendations https://viagarak.com/# - buy viagra 100mg
viagra soft tablets
generic viagra coupon [url=https://viagarak.com/#]buy viagra las vegas[/url] generic viagra online pharmacy
contractorLoaDo 20/11/2020 10:59pm (2 years ago)
General specialist manhattan
The job of General building New York is to move to the consumer the whole entire center overall, as well as certainly not in the form of individually conducted work. Of specific value is the job of the basic professional during the big construction of apartment buildings of non commercial kind, commercial complexes, office locations.
[b][url=https://grandeurhillsgroup.com/]custom kitchen cabinets ny[/url];[/b]
Today, the list of building companies includes several corporate interior design. An entrepreneur as well as a consumer may invest a considerable amount of time-solving on all organizational concerns. A additional reasonable service is to delegate this part to General development NY.
imtffxpj 20/11/2020 1:51am (2 years ago)
sildenafil generic https://viagaratop.com/ viagra coupons
buy viagra internet [url=https://viagaratop.com/]generic viagra soft[/url] buy viagra online without subscription
rynpsngf 08/11/2020 5:27pm (2 years ago)
generic cialis https://cialisre.com/# - cialis
is there a generic for cialis
where can i buy cialis [url=https://cialisre.com/#]order cialis cheap[/url] cialis prices
aqredjfz 30/10/2020 5:26am (2 years ago)
price of viagra https://pharmexpresstores.com/ viagra prescription
generic viagra from us pharmacy
buy viagra internet <a href=https://pharmexpresstores.com/#>viagra for men price</a> viagra prescription