We're in the field in Indonesia, day one. Dr Alice Rogers from The University of Queensland, a member of the ecosystem services valuation team, is towed on a manta board to survey coral reef cover and habitat at Selayar, South Sulawesi. (Picture: N. Wolff)

Green light for fieldwork in Indonesia

Fieldwork at Selayar has begun, following the granting of research permits for CCRES international researchers to work in Indonesia.

The permits, together with Memorandums of Understanding with the Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Bogor, and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), means research began this month.

The first week of research at Selayar by the ecosystem services valuation team - comprising specialists in marine spatial planning and marine biology from The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Directorate General for Marine, Coasts and Small Islands at the Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Makassar, Indonesia -  included surveying coral reef cover and habitat.

Elsewhere on the island members of the systems mapping team, comprising socio-economic and system thinking specialists from the Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Studies, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia and the School of Food and Agricultural Sciences at UQ, interviewed communities about their use of coastal resources and the pressures on them.

Complementing this work is an innovative approach by the communications and promoting behaviour change team to tackle the complex problem of empowering coastal communities to undertake sustainable fishing and protect coral reefs. This team is investigating whether the behavioural principles of the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program - at UQ can be adapted and integrated as part of the solution to sustain coastal ecosystems in the East Asia-Pacific region.

CCRES is proud to announce our partners and collaborators in Indonesia:

  • Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries
  • BPSPL Makassar
  • Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
  • Bogor Agricultural University, Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Studies
  • University of Hasanuddin
  • DINAS Marine and Fisheries, Selayar

Partners and collaborators are cornerstones of our in-country activity.

The success of CCRES depends in no small part on the relationships we have with groups from the private, public and non-profit sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia.