What is the situation?
The Coral Triangle in South-East Asia is known as the “Amazon of the Seas.” It is home of an exceptionally high biodiversity of corals and fish species, giving home to nearly 80% of all coral species and over one third of the world’s reef fish species.
This incredibly diverse and beautiful environment has come under threat. Plastic waste and marine litter are entering the waters daily and in huge amounts. Plastic particles are eaten by marine animals in these waters, causing harm for the whole ecosystem and ultimately threaten human beings. Indonesia is one of the main polluter of marine debris in the world. The situation requires urgent attention and long-term solutions to ensure the biodiversity of marine life and prosperity to the coastal communities that rely on this habitat.
The city of Manado on Sulawesi island, Indonesia is located in the heart of the coral triangle. Our study is based in this region with the assistance of the Sam Ratulangi University and AQUEIS (an organization that promotes aquatic science); who are the creators of the No-Trash Triangle Initiative
.This Initiative has the goal to sustainably minimize any kind of Plastic Pollution in the Pilot Region North Sulawesi.
Let's face this problem!
Under the guidance of this initiative we do clean-ups in many fields: beaches on islands and in urban areas, river cleanings and the removal of litter in some streets. All those waste get analyzed by weight, number of single item and by purpose of usage. This data will be compared to collected household waste to answer the question: Where does the litter come from and why does it enter the ocean?
Also, the current system is evaluated, including final landfills, existing infrastructure for recycling and the local waste management. Providing environmental education material for the Coral Triangle Day: Educate people about the 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) and the global and local challenges of marine litter. On the island Bangka we will build a pilot project to create an infrastructure to recycle waste and find with that a final solution for more than half arrived beach waste.
What do we need?
Besides motivated local partners, clever ideas and a will for change, there is more financially support needed to successfully complete this study. We need your support in this three fields:
Material and new acquisitions: e.g. a scale to weigh waste fractions, waste bags to do the clean-ups and gloves for helpers, material for environmental education
Transport and gasoline: e.g. public transport, rented cars to explore nearby infrastructure, boat transfers for our helping team
Groceries for volunteers: e.g. snacks, drinks and any kind of expense allowance for volunteers (the analysis of waste can consume a lot of time!)