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.
Although mangroves have been lost over the past several decades at an alarming rate - equivalent to losing all of the mangroves of the Philippines or Thailand EVERY YEAR. Today we have the skills, knowledge and understanding to restore, use and manage mangroves for the good of ALL PEOPLE worldwide.
Roy R. “Robin” Lewis III has been studying or restoring coastal habitats for nearly half a century. A wetlands ecologist and president of Lewis Environmental Services, Inc., he specializes in the ecology, management, restoration and creation of fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove forests, forested freshwater forests, and seagrass meadows. Robin has applied his expertise to hundreds of projects
During our years working in the mangroves of Indonesia, we have come across several instances of fisherfolk communities eating mangrove fruits and leaves for subsistence purposes. In 1999, in order to discover new recipes, a study tour was arranged by MAP-Indonesia to send a small women’s co-op from the Coastal Community Resource Center in Tiwoho, North Sulawesi to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. The Kelompok Kreasi Mangrove Lestari Balikpapan (Mangrove Creation/ConservationGroup) eagerly shared several new recipes for cakes and fish with the Sulawesi contigency.
Blue Forests’ video consultant Mohammad Ridwan often travels into the field with us. In June 2015, he brought his skills to Blue Forests’ trip to Tanekeke Island, where he helped elementary school students of Balangdatu village discover the magic of digital video making, and learn some technical skills in this highly marketable field.