Restoring coral reefs throughout rural Indonesia. A community-based initiative to implement our proven method for repairing damaged reef areas and supporting healthy growth essential to the local eco-system.
Indonesia has the largest and most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world, but most are now in poor condition due to over exploitation of their resources. We work with local communities across Indonesia to restore coral reefs with Biorock electric reef technology. Our project sites are primarily regenerating degraded reefs where local people are eager to restore their coral reefs for fisheries, tourism, and shore protection benefits.
Pemuteran is our oldest project site, and now has around 117 Biorock coral reefs. It was the poorest village in Bali, and since it was too dry to grow rice people lived from the sea, but destroyed their reefs and fisheries using bomb-fishing.
In the 1990 Wolf Hilbertz and Tom Goreau introduced Biorock technology to locally owned hotels. They educated people about the benefits of coral reefs and encouraged people to protect and restore them. Village leaders, hotel owners, and tourism institutions gained the support of local government to ban destructive fishing practices using traditional village law.
Restoration of the coral reef and fisheries has made Pemuteran prosperous from eco-tourism. Locally-managed Biorock reefs, full of bright corals and fishes in an area which was barren at the start of the project, have made Pemuteran a global tourism attraction and transformed the local economy. Most villagers, who had previously been subsistence fishermen and farmers, now work in tourism.
Local organizations now manage the coral reefs to maintain healthy ecosystems. These include Karang Lestari Foundation, Reef Gardeners, and the village Pecalang Laut (Guardians of the Sea) which are working together with Biorock Indonesia. With the spirit of togetherness, the project is still ongoing to this day, and Pemuteran has trained people from many other communities in Bali, Lombok, Java, Flores, Sulawesi, Sumbawa, Ambon and other islands to start their own community-managed reef restoration projects. Biorock Indonesia works with very little funds, and is now seeking funding to train more groups across Indonesia to apply improved Biorock technology to solve their own local marine resource management problems.
What We Do
We employ a unique method that allows coral reefs, seagrass, salt marsh, mangrove, oyster reefsto survive and recover from damage caused by excessive nutrients, climate change, and physical destruction.
We achieve this through
greatly increasing the settlement,
resistance to stresses,
including high temperature and pollution, of all marine organisms.
As a result, we keep ecosystems alive when they would otherwise die from severe stress, and restore them at record rates where there has been no natural recovery. We grow back severely eroded beaches at record rates.
Biorock is the only method that can save whole coral reefs from dying during severe bleaching events. Proving this in the Maldives, Thailand, and Indonesia. Coral reefs passed the temperature tipping point in the 1980s Our Coral Arks are intended to maintain the species that will otherwise vanish from global warming. We are growing around half of all the reef building coral species in the world and aim to grow them all.
The Biorock® Process was originally developed in 1976 by the late architecture Professor Wolf Hilbertz to grow building materials in the sea. Biorock materials are the only marine construction material that grows, get stronger with age, and are self-repairing. He called it Mineral Accretion, Seacrete, or Seament.
In 1987 Tom Goreau invited Wolf to come to Jamaica to work with him to develop applications for coral reef restoration, and they decided to call the technology Biorock, because it not only grew hard limestone rock for structural purposes, it greatly increased the growth of corals and all marine organisms. They founded the Global Coral Reef Alliance to pursue research and development of Biorock Technology.
Biorock technology has been successfully applied to fish and shellfish mariculture as well as to growing limestone breakwaters to protect islands and coastal areas from erosion and rising sea levels. Around 500 Biorock reef structures have been built in around 40 countries all around the world, mostly in small islands, with around 400 of them in Indonesia with our local partners, Biorock Indonesia
With your support we can perform:
Coral Reef Restoration and Shore Protection
Workshops and Training Community
Development School Trips and Education Research and
Development Accreditation and Partnership
We are seeking $10,000 in support to implement our program to local communities across Indonesia
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