Marine Eco-Learning Program (2012 – 2013)

Aim: To increase youth knowledge on coastal resource resilience and sustainable environmental management through education.

Activity: (April 2013 to April 2014) A curriculum and module was developed during the project to be pilot tested in four senior high schools. This also includes syllabus. The learning methods included in class meeting and discussion, field visits and practice, and students’ presentation.

Target Group: This project involved 200 students from four senior high schools in Sumbawa District.

Stakeholders involved: Students of SMAN 1 Sumbawa, SMAN 2 Sumbawa, SMKN 1 Sumbawa, SMKN 2 Sumbawa, The Marine and Fisheries Agency of Sumbawa District, and The National Education Agency of Sumbawa District.


Marine Conservation Education Modul for Senior High School in Sumbawa. Download Modul Pendidikan Konservasi Kelautan Sumbawa


Increased knowledge about marine and coastal resources conservation issues and how it links with climate change issues.

Increased understanding about the opportunities and barriers of doing such education programme in schools.

Follow up: During a multi-stakeholders meeting conducted post the project, schools have shown their enthusiasm to implement and use the module in their schools. Nevertheless, they raised some concerns. One of their concerns is that schools are lacking of human resources capable of doing marine and coastal resources conservation education. It is then very important to establish an environmental education center with a focus on marine and coastal conservation issues which is run by capable team.

Participant’s quote:

“Terimakasih sudah mengadakan kegiatan seperti ini karena kegiatan ini bisa mendekatkan dan memberikan kami pemahaman tentang lingkungan. Pesan saya : Semoga kegiatan ini bisa berjalan terus dan bisa menjaga lingkungan (didarat maupun di dalam laut ) karena kami juga masih ingin belajar dan memahami alam agar tidak terjadi musibah di masa datang. Semoga klub (organisasi) yang akan kita buat akan terus berdiri.” – SUKRI AHMAD, SMKN 2 Sumbawa.

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Thank you to the USAID for their generous support in this project. Thank you to the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Sumbawa District for their support.


Environmental Journalism Training (2010)

Year: 2010

Aim: To raise young people’s knowledge and awareness about coral reef conservation issues; To raise their writing skills as a means to share their concerns.

Activity: In 2010, around 20 young people were selected to attend environmental journalism training.

Target Group: Motivated young people around the north coast of Sumbawa City.

Stakeholders involved: Young people, BKSDA Sumbawa, and GAUNG NTB.


  1. Increased knowledge, awareness, and commitment to tackle coral reef conservation issues.
  2. Increased popular writing skills.
  3. Good relationship with local media (GAUNG NTB).

After the training, three of the participants won in National Writing Competition . They are:

  1. Hamdi. National Writing Competition held by Forum Badak Indonesia. Title: Suka Duka Anak Nelayan. Winning 1st Prize.
  2. Rizki Khaerul Fajar. National Writing Competition held by Forum Badak Indonesia. Title: Terumbu Karang Hilang, Ikan Menghilang. Winning 2nd
  3. Haris Apriyanto. National Writing Competition held by Kompas – Gramedia. Title: Pahlawan Air Keluarga. Winning 1st

Follow up: The articles produced by 20 young people participating in this project revealed various aspects causing coral reef degradation and its impact on fishers family’s lives such as low education, malnutrition, and unemployment. Developing a conservation action plan is therefore important.

Thank you to The Rufford Small Grants Foundation for their generous support in this project.

Climate Goes To School (2009)

Year: 2009

Aim: To increase young people’s knowledge and awareness about climate change issues.
Activity: In 2009, we visited senior high school across Sumbawa District to share about the causes and impacts of climate change, with special emphasis on the impacts for rural areas.
Target group: Senior high school students. Around 7 schools were visited (e.g. SMAN 1 Sumbawa, SMAN 2 Sumbawa, SMAN 3 Sumbawa, SMKN 1 Sumbawa, SMAN 1 Lape, SMAN 1 Plampang, and SMAN 1 Empang).
Stakeholders involved: Schools.
Outcome: Increased knowledge and awareness about climate change in rural context.
Follow up: Seeing their enthusiasm during the presentation and discussion, Komunitas Penjaga Pulau decided to conduct environmental education for youth with a particular focus on coral reef conservation.
Participant’s quote:
“I am wondering why this activity has just been conducted today? Because what has been presented can change the way young generation thinks about the earth, nature, climate, etc to appreciate our earth.” Rina Kurniawati, SMAN 1 Lape


Thank you to The British Council Indonesia for their generous support in this project.

Six Years of Komunitas Penjaga Pulau (2009 – 2015) and Still Counting!

^^^2009 to 2015 and still counting! ^^^

If our organisation is a human, then age of six years old is still a child, but a child who has learned a lot of new things such as learning how to read, how to make friends, learning how to balance when biking, and a lot more to come.

As an organisation, we are quite similar to the child. We have tried and learned from our activities, we have made friends with many young people, many communities, governmental institutions, the local media, schools, and some donors. And hopefully a lot more to come.

Below is a summary of what Komunitas Penjaga Pulau has accomplished in its six years old:

2009: Climate Goes To School

2010: Environmental Journalism Training

2011: Youth Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis towards Coral Reef Destruction

2012: Youth-Based Coral Reef Conservation Action Plan

2013: (1) Youth-Based Coral Nursery

(2) Marine Eco-Learning Programme for Youth

(3) Ecogarden

2014: Building Consensus to Establish Environmental Education Center

2015: (1) Forest Resources Conservation for Youth in Batulanteh Watershed

(2) Strengthening the management of KABETE Education Center

We are thankful to all involved.

Thank you to the donors for their generous support: The Rufford Foundation, The Van Tienhoven Foundation, The USAID, The Conservation and Leadership Programme, and the British Council Indonesia.

Thank you to the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Sumbawa District and the Regional Planning Board (BAPPEDA) of Sumbawa District for their openness to our ideas.

Thank you to all the young people involved, schools, and local communities for their enthusiasm and trust.

Read more detailed information on each project in separate posts.