Festival “Pride of Bajo”

Penjaga Pulau Community supported a festival in Labuhan Bajo Village, Utan Sub District, Sumbawa District, West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia held on 17 February 2018. The theme of the festival is “Pride of Bajo”. Through parade, drama, poetry workshop and several films made by Kabete Education Center, the young people of Labuhan Bajo have attracted the attention of many of the inhabitants. Main messages were on waste and marine conservation.


Click here for fiction film directed and edited by Hamdan, the local youth, portraying their vision for a cleaner village.

Click here for a short video of the festival.


Coconut Shell as Coral Restoration Medium

On October 2017, we piloted coral restoration using coconut shell as the restoration media. Together with KABETE Education Center and Students of Fisheries Management, Samawa University, we planted the media near Bedil Island. Four months later, we came back to visit them. See the photos below taken on February 2018. They look strong and healthy. We will come back on June 2018. If they look promising by then, we will install more!

Forest Conservation Education for Youth in Sumbawa

Photo_collecting plants for herbarium

Young people in Batulanteh Watershed continually confront forest degradation including the widespread reduction of the charismatic and important plants.

In 2015, with the support of the Rufford Foundation, young generation in Kelungkung Village, Sumbawa, started a dialogue with their parents and the elder generation to explore history of change in the village, the folklore or stories related to the villages, and the identification of local important plants and trees in the local forest.
Passing knowledge about the local forest to the younger generation.
Together, we documented plants that are rare, special, edible and medicinal. Click here for the full list of the plants.
Photo_tree measurement
Let us use our forest resources wisely!

Light for Remote Areas in Sumbawa

With the donation from the Panasonic Corporation, Penjaga Pulau Community distributed 200 solar lanterns to various remote areas in Sumbawa during the period of March 2017 – July 2017.

From this distribution, we learn that solar lantern is a simple thing but it can mean a lot when the electricity is non-existing or unstable. It helps children study at night. It can light up the mosque. It can be a comfortable companion for farmers who need to spend their night watching their farm field from wild boar or other animals at night.


Komunitas Penjaga Pulau would like to thank the Panasonic Corporation for the generous support of 200 solar lanterns.

Our sincere gratitude to all who have helped in the distribution of the solar lanterns to various isolated areas in Sumbawa.

Our appreciation to the people of Prode, Empang Bua, Kalimango, Baturotok, Pekasa, Pulau Bedil, Kabete Education Center, and Universitas Samawa for their openness and hospitality.

We believe that sharing something good such as the solar lanterns will bring good changes as well.


cover solar lantern
Getting to Pekasa Hamlet, Lunyuk Village



Building consensus to establish marine conservation education center


2014 – 2016


The overall goal of the project is to rehabilitate the coral reefs around the north coast of Sumbawa Island through the establishment of a marine resources conservation education center. The project took place in the Kramat, Bedil, and Temudong (KABETE) Marine Conservation Area in Labuhan Bajo Village, Utan Sub-district, Sumbawa District, West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.


Multistakeholders meeting (April 2015) attended by representatives from The Marine and Fishery Agency of Sumbawa District, The Regional Planning Board, The Public Work, The Environment Agency, The Tourism Agency, The Education Agency, The Govenrment of Utan Subdistrict, The Government of Labuhan Bajo Village, The Labuhan Bajo Village Community Representative (Badan Permusyawarahan Desa), The University of Samawa, The Marine Forces of the Republic of Indonesia (Labu Pade Field Station), and the Penjaga Pulau Community.

Multistakeholders meeting

 Community meeting in Labuhan Bajo Village (April 2015) for signing their written commitment to support the establishment of Environmental Education Center and the use of the KABETE marine conservation areas for educational purposes.

Signing written commitment

Making legal framework for the education center to operate in the areas. The Head of the Labuhan Bajo Village has issued a decree acknowledging the education center and the local youth managing the education center.

Meetings with the selected local youth to discuss about the education center’s vision, missions, goal, name, logo, work plan, and management plan. (May – June 2015).


Developing the Management Plan of The Environmental Education Center.


Community meeting to share about the education center’s vision, missions, goals, name, and work plan with wider community and Consulting fishers to devote areas for restoration for educational purposes.

Community Meeting

Restoration for educational purposes in the agreed site (ongoing)

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  • Education materials

Download Buku modul kabete

Download Petunjuk Identifikasi Mangrove Kabete

  • Restoration media


  • The written commitment to support the establishment of environmental education center was signed by the head of Labuhan Bajo Village, community leader representatives from Labuhan Bajo Village and Pukat Village, the head of Labuhan Bajo Village House of Representatives (Badan Permusyawarahan Desa), and the representatives from the young people of Labuhan Bajo and Pukat villages.
  • The Education Center is established. It is called “KABETE EDUCATION CENTER”. The structure is agreed by the community. The vision, mission, goal, and work plan have been agreed by the community. The village office has issued a decree to acknowledge the education center and the youth managing it.
  • Restoration zone for educational purposes is agreed.

Follow Up

  • Strengthening the KABETE Education Center (developing monitoring protocols and mechanism, database management, empowering local youth to undertake edu-tourism, etc.)

We would like to thank:

The Van Tienhoven Foundation for its grant which made this project possible. The support from the Van Tienhoven foundation has significantly enabled the local community in Labuhan Bajo Village to build consensus to devote areas for education and restoration. The support has also allowed the establishment of KABETE education center with the local youth as the main actors. The support has enabled the local youth to increase their knowledge and skills which are essential for them in running the education center in the long term.

The people of Labuhan Bajo Village and Pukat village who have been very enthusiastic and supportive.

The Marine and Fishery Agency of Sumbawa District who has facilitated multistakeholders meeting involving relevant governmental agencies and has been very helpful and cooperative.

Everyone who has been very helpful that we cannot mention one by one.

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.