15 Dec Bali, Indonesia
The conservation of coastal-marine areas in the Indonesian province of Bali is a pressing issue with enormous consequences for community welfare. Bali is home to some of the highest marine biodiversity on earth, and many of the four million inhabitants are intimately linked to the sea as a source of livelihoods, food security and culture. As elsewhere in Indonesia, Balinese waters face a combination of threats that include overfishing and destructive fishing practices, uncoordinated coastal development, and sewage and garbage disposal at sea. Intensive utilization of coastal areas by different and sometimes competing interests has meant that the reality of coastal-marine conservation here is remarkably complex and the potential for conflict is high. Bridging organizations can help navigate these challenges. These are defined as independent entities that are designed to connect diverse actors or groups through some form of bridging process, such as knowledge-sharing. Bridging organizations can contribute to a more balanced conservation effort by facilitating collaboration, communication and resource sharing – all of which include and resonate with local communities.