There was something unique on celebrating Indonesia Independence Day in Tanakeke Island. A lot of traditional games tested the participant’s physical skill and their knowledge about ecosystem in the village. Children, women, teenagers, and the elderly mingled each other to understand the independence mean in their own way.
A Charles Darwin University PhD candidate will travel to one of the world’s largest mangrove conservation conferences to discuss an initiative that aims to recover the vital ecosystem in Indonesia.
The time flies for Abdul Ghofur and 25 other participants of the Coastal Field School Training of Trainers (ToT). In May they completed their season-long training which was geared towards revitalising aquaculture productivity in the district of Demak. The training is part of the Building with Nature programme in Central Java to restore the mangrove belt of the rapidly eroding coastline.
I still remember the first time when I met Supardi (47 years old) on the first day of the Coastal Field School Training of Trainers (CFS ToT). He is one of the twenty-one participants selectively recruited to be community organisers for the aquaculture revitalisation program, which is part of Building with Nature (BwN) to reduce coastal erosion in Demak.