Closed In the heart of the Coral Triangle … an outrageous crime is taking place!

An aid project by “Freundeskreis Lembeh-Pulisan-Bangka e.V.” (Eku W.) in Bangka Island, Indonesia

Eku W. (Project Manager)

Eku W.
#SaveBangkaIsland — No mining on small islands!

The Bangka Conservation Fund (BCF) urgently needs your support to save Bangka Island from illegal mining that is threatening to destroy the fragile eco-system, traditional livelihoods and tourism. A mining company has bribed its way onto the island and bullied the local people and its preparations are moving at an alarming rate.

Although the Indonesian Supreme Court cancelled the exploration permit the company was granted, recently then Indonesian Minister For Energy And Minerals, Jero Wacik, now under investigation for corruption, issued the company a production license! The island is under serious threat, unless we manage to have this license cancelled, too. Any support that you can give us in terms of advice, finance or support is greatly appreciated.

Under Indonesian law, Bangka Island is too small to be mined and needs to be protected. Yet some high government officials have been supporting the mining plans by giving permits out and even the local police have been supporting this venture, chasing locals off their land and cutting their water supply to make them move into ready made container boxes outside their village as the company wants to turn this into an industrial mining harbor site.

Bangka Island is situated in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, in the middle of the Coral Triangle, which has the highest recorded biodiversity on the planet. It has 3 main villages with about 3.000 people as well as five small scuba diving resorts who provide work opportunities, help the local community and increase environmental awareness through educational projects at the local schools. The island is home to tarsiers, cuscus, an incredible array of marine species and local fishing communities.

We are a small coalition of people who are trying to raise funds to prevent this from happening:

— The money that we raise goes towards legal action against the mining company and the officials who are giving out permits.
— It also pays the transportations costs of villagers to Jakarta to represent their views, and towards helping the villagers on Bangka to put their case forward.

It is a huge battle against a company that has billions of rupiah to spend on this project so to fight them we need a lot more financial support. Please see the Bangka case timeline – green button below [About the carrier of this project].

The finance that we are looking for is around 35.000 Euros over the six months to come.

Our aim is to raise awareness of this issue and to protect Bangka Island against this huge threat. Please help us in any way you can, you can contact us on: bangkaconservation@gmail.com

Kaka SLANK & Save Bangka Island Initiative


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Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/SaveBangkaIsland
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SaveBangka
Online petition: www.change.org/SaveBangkaIsland
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangka_Island,_North_Sulawesi

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Location: Bangka Island, Indonesia

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  • 2017-04-06 Press conference in Jakarta at WALHI headquarter: Rescue Coalition of Bangka Island #SaveBangkaIsland

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  • “Bangka Island is an area of national strategy for tourism and fisheries, but not for mining.” Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs & Fisheries #SaveBangkaIsland Looking for action! @Susi Pudjiastuti & @Joko Widodo

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  • This drone image clearly shows the extent of the infrastructure development on Bangka, despite denials by PT MMP.

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  • A world class dive site close to Lembeh & Bunaken in North Sulawesi has already been damaged by mining, but activists are fighting back — and winning the battle to save Bangka.

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  • Picture taken in September 2013 at Bangka during preparation for our online petition and media campaign — looking forward to get together soon again and hopefully talk about a sustainable long lasting future for Bangka! ;—)

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  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

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  • Merry Christmas! — Selamat Hari Natal bagi teman teman yang merayakan! — Besinnliche Weihnachten! Picture by Indah Susanti. Read more: http://indahs.com/2014/12/19/christmas-tree-in-the-tropical-sea

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  • “My name is Kaka Slank. I am the singer of the Indonesian rock band SLANK. I am very concerned about our environment and I am asking for your support!”

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  • Bangka Island is located at the Northern tip of Sulawesi right in the center of the Coral Triangle. Together with Bunaken and Lembeh Strait this area is well known for its unique marine biodiversity.

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  • Bangka Island, North Sulawesi from above. This island measures only 4.700 hectares — any island under 200.000 hectares cannot be mined on behalf of Indonesian law regulations.

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  • The symbol of a GREEN thumb has been established to frame the activities of the #SaveBangkaIsland movement: I love Bangka = Aku cinta Bangka (in Bahasa Indonesia)

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