Blue Forests began work in 2000 in Indonesia, initially as Yayasan Akar Rumput Laut, then as Mangrove Action Project - Indonesia before founding Yayasan Hutan Biru (Blue Forests) in 2011.
We have worked in 13 Provinces in Indonesia, as well as several countries in SE and South Asia. Our programs are often integrated including Environmental Education, Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation, Coastal Field Schools and Coastal Business Schools (livelihoods programs), as well as Good Governance and the Development of Adaptive Collaborative Management Systems.
All of our programs are geared towards empowering rural coastal community members to rehabilitate, sustainably utilize and conserve their precious mangrove and coastal resources. A table of our specific programs over the years is provided below.
|Years||Major Donors||Work Regions||Notable Activities/Outcomes||Key Documents|
|1999 - 2004||Packard Foundation, USAID - NRM, Goldman Foundation, Seacology||National: North Sulawesi, Central Java, Riau||Do Your Own Mangrove Action Project - Curriculum, Coatal Commmunity Resource Center Development, First EMR Trial (Tiwoho, North Sulawesi)||Do Your Own Mangrove Action Project Curriculum (eng/Bhs), Illustrated 5 Step EMR Manual (eng/bhs), CCRC Concept - Tiwoho Village Bunaken National Park|
|International: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia||In the Hands of the Fisherfolk Workshops||IHOF #8, 9 and 10 Reports|
|2005-2009||Goldman Foundation, Seacology, Global Green Grants, USAID-ESP, WWF-EFN, Conservation, Food and Health, Lemelson Foundation, Christensen Foundation, IUCN, ICCO, Cottonwood Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Lumpkin Foundation, Project Aware, Working Assets, Zoological Society of London, Australian Red Cross||National: North Sulawesi, Central Java, Riau, North Sumatra||Continued Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation and Workshops, Sustainable Livelihood Alternative Development, Continued CCRC Development, Environmental Education Programs, Mangrove Atlas Creation||CCRC Central Java Report, Jelajah NUSA Curriculum, Bengkalis Mangrove Atlas, IUCN OAPN Documents; Resilience Thinking Applied to Indonesian Mangroves, Kebijakan Untuk Mangroves, 6 Step EMR Poster, Post-disaster Rapid Coastal Assessment Manual (Bhs Indonesia), EMR Paper - Lewis (bhs), EMR Workshop Simeulue Island|
|International: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malaysia, Timor Leste||Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation Workshops||EMR Workshop Reports - Sri Lanka, Malaysia|
|2010-2015||CIDA - OXFAM-GB - Good Planet||South Sulawesi||480 hectares of EMR, Development and Implementation of 71 Coastal Field Schools (CFS), Development of Tanakeke Island Mangrove Management regulations||Annual Reports (Years 1-4), EMR Manual, Mangrove Journal Articles (6), S.A.P.I.EN.S Journal Paper|
|USAID||Aceh||Advocacy for natural regeneration, EMR workshops, 10 Coastal Field Schools.||Springer - Post-Tsunami Hazard Reconstruction and Restoraiton Chapter|
|USAID||Papua||Formulation of Multi-stakeholder Mangrove Management Working Group, Development of District wide Mangrove and Lowland Swamp Forest Management Regulations (PERDA) and Integrated Management Plan, 10 Coastal Field Schools, Study on Sustainable Resource Utilization Potential||Integrated Management Plan for Mimika Mangroves and Lowland Swamp Forest (long-version), Integrated Management Plan (user-friendly version)|
|USAID||Papua, West Kalimantan|
|Dutch Government||Central Java||10 Coastal Field Schools, Advocacy for National Adoption of Coastal Field Schools, Community Organizing for Development of Coastal Protection|
|2016-2023||World Resources Institute||Gorontalo, South Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau||Feasibility Assessments for EMR in 8 large-scale degraded landscapes|