I have been living and working in Indonesia since 1995. After graduating with a B.Sc. from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, yet before coming to Indonesia, I worked in the fields of environmental education and habitat restoration, throughout the United States and Canada. Upon moving to Indonesia in 1995, I volunteered for three years; at an environmental education center in the mountains of East Java and at a community based coastal resource management NGO in North Sulawesi. In 2000, I opened a project office for Mangrove Action Project in Indonesia. Between 2000-2012, MAP-Indonesia worked on projects in 14 coastal provinces in Indonesia and collaborated on projects in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, and Malaysia. Our main achievements include ecological restoration of nearly 1000 hectares of mangroves, and the creation of a community education and livelihood program called Coastal Field School. In 2012, MAP-Indonesia transformed into Blue Forests. Blue Forests has developed an integrated management plan for 750,000 hectares of lowland swamp forest and mangroves in Mimika, Papua, and will continue this work in Asmat district, in partnership with USAID LESTARI. Blue Forests is currently assisting the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, in partnership with World Resource Institute and Charles Darwin University in undertaking feasibility assessment for landscape scale mangrove restoration in 9 critically degraded sites in Indonesia, after-which a single site will be selected for implementation of large-scale ecological and economic recovery.
IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group - Member