Young Conservation Scientist Program (YCSP)
In Bintan MPA
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Indonesia is an archipelago country with a distribution of large and small islands that have biodiversity with a coastal area which has great potential to support the terrestrial ecosystem. Marine and fishery resources are one of the natural resources and widely used by local and overseas. However until now, the utilization of these natural resources has not regard to its sustainability, caused in a decrease of the quality and biodiversity that exist. The high amount of resources without being equipped with knowledge of its conservation makes the abundance inconsistent with the use, so education has become the main and basic tool that can be the right instrument to invest awareness and concern for the environment, especially for the younger generation.
Riau Islands, is a province in Indonesia that is the closest province to Singapore, makes the area are able to carry out educational values for students in Singapore who want to experience firsthand the opportunity to learn in nature and contribute to marine conservation activities. Bintan Regency, which is in the Riau Islands Province, has a fairly complete representation of ecosystems to be studied, including mangrove ecosystems, sea grass beds, to coral reefs, all of which are very closely related in nature.
Education in conservation area aims to introduce nature to students and increase students awareness and concern for the environment through environmental and conservation education as well as providing knowledge and skills. It is hoped that after gain learning and experience, participants will know the interactions between species and its habitat and get to know the native tropical wildlife and natural heritage.
Along with the Ecology Foundation and Conservation International Singapore, students are given the opportunity to directly identify the species that live in various ecosystems in the Bintan conservation area, study the life cycle, and the conservation efforts. In addition, they will be invited to participate beach clean-up action as an effort to maintain the beauty of nature and interact with local students and learn self-defense skills.
Activities at sea are arranged in the form of walking along coastal that has limited area, where there are species that live and are related to other species. Participants who have been grouped with several members will be provided with a module containing a list of animals that live in the ecosystem. Accompanied by the teacher, participants will look for and notes any species found, then record them in the list provided. At the end of the activity, each group will discuss and present their findings to be discussed together.
Preserving biodiversity is important for all stakeholders who use Bintan MPA, with the support of the Education program and also sustainable tourism, it is an opportunity for all involved, both coastal communities on Bintan Island and also local or foreign tourists. Always implementing activities that minimize the risk of waste generation and also damage to nature is our joint duty, friends of ecology. Come and join us in the effort to implement the young conservation scientist program.