Gili Eco Trust
Yay Ekosistem Gili Indah
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Gili Eco Trust, or Yayasan Ekosistem Gili indah, is an NGO based on Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. It was founded in 2000 to protect the coral reefs around the Gili islands from destructive fishing. At that time there was a lot of dynamite and cyanide fishing, destroying all the coral and killing the aquatic life inhabiting the reefs. The local population reacted and started to organize patrols around the islands in order to eliminate and educate against the bad fishing practices. An agreement was concluded between the fishermen, defining the legal techniques of fishing, limited to certain authorized zones, with the purpose of putting an end to dynamite and cyanide fishing practices. Since then Gili Eco Trust has grown and expanded its activities from marine conservation to waste management and sustainable eco tourism. From 2004, Gili Eco Trust started the Biorock project, creating artificial reefs and restoring the natural habitat of thousands of fish in previously destroyed areas of reef. Gili Eco Trust also supervises the waste management on Gili Trawangan from collections to processing recyclable materials and transporting them off the island. Next to these two huge campaigns, there is a lot going on with smaller environmental projects which you can read more about on this website, such as working horse healthcare clinics and educational workshops for kids, tourists and hospitality staff.
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Our mission is to create a sustainable island. To promote ecotourism and provide a healthy environment for working animals. To restore our coral reefs and to replenish our natural fish populations. To ensure that all waste created on Gili T is reduced to minimum levels and managed and separated properly for recycling projects where materials can be transported off the island. Waste Management GET's recycling facility is processing up to 30% of the rubbish created on Gili Trawangan recycle it and send it to Lombok and Sumbawa. We need more funding to expand our facility and local work force to continue. We are working towards a waste to energy incinerator, powering the island on the 20 tonnes of rubbish it creates daily. Marine Park Management Gili Trawangan was declared a Marine Protected Area in 2014, however it is not all in the name. With huge lack of policing and enforcement many destructive fishing anchoring and damage to the reefs continue. We need to independently fund further moorings, management, education & enforcement to protect the marine park around Gili Trawangan.
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