Who We Are
Brief History of Blue Forests
Blue Forests began to work in 2000 in Indonesia. Originally, it was named Yayasan Akar Rumput Laut, then it changed to Mangrove Action Project – Indonesia prior to the establishment of Yayasan Hutan Biru (Blue Forests) in 2011.
We create collaboration to examine how land and water usage along with the cultural practices affect the watersheds and vice versa. Blue Forests encourages learners to be involved in the complex, real-world concerns, that extend across traditional boundaries
Blue Forests officially registered under the decision of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights on October 19, 2011 with registration number AHU-8881.AH.01.04.
Blue Forests deploys an action-research and problem-solving process based on “local to global to local”. We aim to increase the social-economic and ecological resilience of critical watershed systems across the mountains and seas.
Providing a healthy environment to create resilient communities, flowing from upper to mid to lower watershed like a river.
The process is known as action-research and problem solving, which embodied in all Blue Forets programs to achieve three interrelated goals:
Local to Global to Local
Many people have seen the bumper stickers or heard of the paradigm “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Blue Forests uses a similar paradigm to guide our approach during action-research, problem-solving programs with youth and adults alike. Our paradigm has one additional step and reads, “Local to Global to Local.”
Thus, the Local to Global to Local paradigm engages community members in the active identification of issues of mutual concern, followed by issue-resolution or problem-solving. By choosing a single issue to address, participants learn how to make a positive changes in their community, which leads to empowerment.
One added note, research from Australia shows that when the youth, under the age of 15 are involved in Action-Research and Problem-Solving, they develop critical thinking skills and have a high chance of becoming life-long change-makers. This is the goal of Blue Forests, to our coastal community members into solving problems of mutual concern and becoming critical thinkers and change-makers.