The sun is rising behind Mount Rinjani as a group of divers boards a boat to Shark Point, a spot popular among sea turtles and reef sharks on the north side of this small island in the Gili Matra marine preserve. They are going on a survey dive to record sightings of the sea creatures, with the hope this data will support the effort to establish Indonesia’s first shark sanctuary — a fully protected marine area where all commercial fishing, possession and trade of shark species and their products are prohibited.
A new type of marine protected area is spreading around the globe: sharks sanctuaries. Created with the aim to protect the shark population from illegal fishing, they have become an attraction for divers of any age, who travel to dive with these magnificent predators. Tropical countries such as Palau, Maldives and Bahamas have converted […]
Probably one the ocean most famous animals, sharks are a very diverse group of fish. There are hundreds of shark species, many of which are record-holders for being the biggest, the fiercest or the fastest animal of the underwater world. From fierce tiger sharks to peaceful and giant whale sharks, tiny dwarf lanternsharks, funny […]
Isabelle took a break from volunteering on environmental projects in Indonesia and she ended up in Gili T. creating a workshop of recycling glass bottles that converts them into glasses, ashtrays, lampshades and decorative glass items. Interested in sustainable solutions to waste management, she got in contact with the Gili EcoTrust, and this is […]
The Gili islands’ unique appeal is greatly due to the incredible biodiversity that thrives in its transparent waters. The coral reef that surrounds this small archipelago is in fact located in the marine region known as the Coral Triangle. Home to most of the world’s coral and fish reefs species and one of the most […]
L’idea di usare l’elettricità per rigenerare la vita sott’acqua ha un che di visionario e apocalittico allo stesso tempo, tanto da poter sembrare un’astrazione degna di Jules Verne. Tuttavia, questo è esattamente il concetto alla base del Biorock Project, un metodo per nulla fantascientifico. Le elucubrazioni e gli esperimenti degli scienziati marini Wolf Hilzberg e […]
Behind every successful project there is a successful manager and a successful team, but when community work is involved, then the networking and personal commitment of the project’s beneficiaries are the only keys to success. Delphine Robbe is the driving force behind the Gili EcoTrust, a not-for-profit organization actively involved in the protection of the […]
Imagine diving off one of the beautiful shores of the Gili islands in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and finding yourself facing fishermen equipped with dynamite and destroying the coral reef. It would be far from picture perfect, but this was the reality before the Gili EcoTrust, a not-for-profit environmental organization, was set up in the […]