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Our Story

Since its initiation in 2015, Biorock Indonesia (BI) has been focusing on building the proper standards for the implementation of its technology in Indonesia. The organization has developed two key programs, including assistance for partner organization in biorock development and public engagement through volunteering, internship and research programs.

So far, BI has developed 16 project sites located in 8 provinces of Indonesia, including Bali, North Sulawesi, Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, West Sumatera, Lampung, and DKI Jakarta and has reached several national and international governmental level milestones.

 

 

 

Partnership with UNDP Indonesia in blue economy execution

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invited as the UN Ocean Conference Speaker in New York 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invited as the UN Ocean Day UNESCAP 2019

 

 

 

 

Finalist Tourism for Tomorrow “INNOVATION” by World Travel and Tourism Council

 

 

 

 

 

Biorock Included as Recommended Restoration Technology in Government Regulation

 

 

 

 

Coral Reef Restoration Guidelines from Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries 2015

 

Part of Women’s Earth Alliance 2019

 

Involved in Blue Economy Catalyzator in Archipelagic and Island States Forum

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Prawita Tasya Karissa

Prawita Tasya Karissa

Executive Director & Co-founder

Tasya has been involved with Biorock since 2003 when she got the opportunity to study the Biorock technology directly from the inventors, Prof. Wolf Hilbertz and Dr. Tom Goreau. Her university thesis on Application of Biorock to Pearl Oyster Juvenile, Pinctada Maxima was presented worldwide during a conference organized by the Society Ecological Restoration in Merida, Mexico in 2011. Her research was also published in “Innovative Methods of Marine Restoration”.

Apart from Biorock, she also has a strong background in climate change as she worked as a Consultant for Clean Development Mechanism for five years. She is also an expert in community involvement strategy and managing Non-Profit organizations. Tasya worked previously at the Child Protection NGO and Bird Conservation Foundation in administration and management capacities. Presently, she leads all Biorock Indonesia’s projects, in conjunction with her team and partners, from survey to planning and from installation to maintenance.

Tasya is an advocate for women empowerment and equality. As a leader and a mother of three young children, she would sometimes carry her kids in her projects to involve them even at a very young age.

Komang Astika

Komang Astika

Board of Expert and Co-founder

Dr. Beginer Subhan S.Pi M.Si

Dr. Beginer Subhan S.Pi M.Si

Board of Expert and Co-Founder

Dr. rer. nat Hawis Madduppa S.Pi, M.Si

Dr. rer. nat Hawis Madduppa S.Pi, M.Si

Board of Expert and Co-Founder

Paulus Prong

Paulus Prong

Board of Expert and Co-Founder

Ramadian Bachtiar

Ramadian Bachtiar

Board of Expert and Co-Founder

Ricky Soerapoetra

Ricky Soerapoetra

Board of Expert and Co-Founder

Thomas J. F. Goreau

Thomas J. F. Goreau

Scientific Advisor

Nyoman

Nyoman

Program Coordinator

I Dewa Nym Putra Yasa

I Dewa Nym Putra Yasa

Administration and Finance Officer

Mayang Andeka Carenina

Mayang Andeka Carenina

Communication, Education, and Partnership Coordinator Trainee

Abigail Shalom

Abigail Shalom

Communication, Education, and Partnership Officer Trainee

Raisa Adistra Sasikirana

Raisa Adistra Sasikirana

Communication, Education, and Partnership Officer Trainee

Aramita Livia Ardis

Aramita Livia Ardis

Biorock Garden Coordinator Trainee

Purnomo Yudhianto

Purnomo Yudhianto

Biorock Garden Officer Trainee

Verlyn Intan Luk

Verlyn Intan Luk

Biorock Garden Officer Trainee

Nurul Chamidah

Nurul Chamidah

Scholar Reef Coordinator Trainee

Rindah Talitha Vida

Rindah Talitha Vida

Project Development Coordinator Trainee

Our Blog & Latest News

Coral Restoration: Active vs Passive

There are two types of restoration efforts when it comes to coral reefs: passive and active. Passive approach focuses on minimising the negative impacts that cause reef degradation and hoping that the ecosystem will recover by itself. This method consists of management plans to improve the environment, for instance the establishment of marine protected area (MPA), or formulation of laws that can protect marine habitat. However, depending on the condition of the coral reefs there is a chance that this is not an effective method. The magnitude of the degradation may be too high for us to just depend on natural process.   This brings us to active restoration approach....

Blue Economy

The World Bank defines Blue Economy as “sustainable of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health”. Blue economy includes various activities related to the ocean such as tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, and maritime transport. However, it is not limited to those activities only, there are more to do in the ocean, for instance marine biotechnology and bioprospecting, renewable offshore energy, maritime spatial planning, and waste disposal management. At a worldwide scale, the ocean economy is estimated to have a value of US$1.5 trillion/year with 350 million jobs worldwide linked to fisheries. With ¾ of its territory...

A-Z About Baby Coral

Kami sering sekali menyuarakan dan bicara tentang  adopsi baby coral. Lantas apa sebenarnya baby coral itu, dan apa pentingnya bagi kita semua?   Mari kita mulai dengan terumbu karang. Sepintas, terumbu karang nampak seperti tumbuhan (atau ada yang berpikir sebagai batu?) yang hanya menetap tidak bisa bergerak kemana-mana. Tapi sebenarnya terumbu karang termasuk ke dalam kingdom animalia, yang berarti terumbu karang merupakan hewan. (Baca lebih lengkapnya di terumbu karang:hewan atau tumbuhan?)    Terumbu karang hidup di daerah tropis hingga subtropis pada 32° lintang utara dan 32°lintang selatan, yang termasuk wilayah cakupan Indonesia. Di Indonesia sendiri...

What Corals Eats in a Day

First of all, maybe you have been watching all the trends of what I eat in a day's video. Today, we will learn what corals eat in a day.  Corals, just like humans, have a routine and what they usually consume in a day. Corals might look similar to plants, but they are animals with mouths, arms and stomachs.    Let's learn their anatomy first! A coral is a colony of many identical individual polyps and we call them coral polyps. The distant cousin of jellyfish, thousands of coral polyps can make up a coral.    A coral polyp is a cylinder-like shape surrounded by tentacles. A polyp is mostly a stomach and a mouth on top; they have arm-like tentacles to gather...

Who Lives Under the Sea? Spongebob Squarepants! Who Else? Corals!

  Apabila ditanya, “Siapa tokoh kartun yang berbentuk kotak yang tinggal di bawah laut?”             Kita akan dengan lantang menjawab, “Spongebob!”             Spongebob Squarepants adalah serial kartun yang mengangkat tokoh-tokoh ceritanya dari spesies dan biota laut yang sesungguhnya. Seperti tokoh Spongebob yang merupakan spons laut, tokoh Patrick yang ialah bintang laut, dan tokoh Mister Crab yang adalah kepiting.             Siapa lagi?             Banyak!             Tentunya jangan lupakan karang-karang yang ada dalam serial tersebut. Nah, siapa yang ingat episode Patrick tiba tiba jadi jenius karena karang otak? Karang otak memang ada, tapi aslinya berbentuk...

COP26 UN Climate Change Conference and Coral Restoration

COP26 (The 26th Conference of the Parties), also known as The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, is a conference attended by more than 190 world leaders and other representatives who would discuss climate change. This event is held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from October 31st - November 12th, 2021, to reach an agreement on how to tackle climate change among every nation. At COP21, the Paris Agreement, every country had agreed to work as a team to retain global warming below 2 degrees, and they have committed to work on their own NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution). And now it is time to evaluate. Even though we have made progress, we still need much...

NEW HOPE 2021: Wisata Edukasi dari Warga Lokal Pemuteran di Tengah Pandemi

Sebagai orang Indonesia, pasti kita sudah kenal dengan pulau Bali. Tiap tahunnya, turis lokal dan mancanegara datang untuk menikmati keindahan pulau tropis yang satu ini. Turis kadang hanya familiar dengan bagian selatan yang padat, tetapi bukan berarti Bali hanya layak dikunjungi di bagian Selatan.   Di bagian utara Bali, terdapat desa indah tepi laut bernama Pemuteran. Di sini, pengunjung dapat melihat perbukitan di sebelah lautan serta menikmati keindahan bawah laut yang dipenuhi terumbu karang.   Tiap tahunnya, penduduk lokal Pemuteran mengadakan festival tahunan bernama Pemuteran Bay Festival. Festival ini dapat berlangsung selama hampir satu minggu....

How Does Climate Change Affect Corals?

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to coral reefs. Climate change is the result of increased greenhouse gases derived from different human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, the use of fertilisers, raising livestock, and many more. The impacts of climate change can be both direct and indirect, while the effect can be immediate and long term. Climate change affect coral reefs in different ways. For instance, the warming of the ocean may cause thermal stress which increases coral bleaching. Corals have small tolerance towards temperature changes. Coral bleaching often occurs when the water gets too warm. Consequently, corals will release...

Biorock Arks Save Corals from Bleaching when Fragmented Corals Die of Heat-stroke

As Global Warming accelerates, corals are increasingly bleaching and dying from heatstroke. Biorock is the only method that saves corals from dying during extreme bleaching events. Most corals on Biorock survived the 1998 Maldives bleaching that killed every single one of thousands of corals that had previously been transplanted at the site, which we were documenting as controls. The same was seen in Thailand (2010), and Indonesia (2016 & 2018). No other method of coral reef “restoration” works when it gets hot: the corals bleach and die (S. A. Foo & G. P. Asner, 2020, Sea surface temperature in coral reef restoration outcomes, Environmental Research Letters,...

5 Dampak Aktivitas Manusia Terhadap Terumbu Karang

Terumbu karang, “Hutan hujannya laut,” merupakan salah satu ekosistem terkaya yang ada di bumi. Terumbu karang berperan penting dalam keseharian manusia, contohnya sebagai penyedia makanan, memproteksi garis pantai, pariwisata, dan tentu saja sebagai sumber pemasukan keuangan. Beberapa hal ini hanyalah sebagian contoh dari sekian banyaknya manfaat karang bagi manusia, baik secara langsung maupun tidak langsung.   Namun sayangnya walaupun terumbu karang terbukti berperan penting dalam kehidupan manusia, terumbu karang malah sedang terancam karena ulah manusia sendiri.   Berikut 5 dampak (buruk) aktivitas manusia terhadap terumbu karang. Siapa tahu dengan...

Manfaat Terumbu Karang di Kehidupan Sehari-hari: Potensi Obat-obatan

Tahukah kamu? Lebih dari setengah penelitian obat kanker terbaru berfokus pada biota laut, salah satunya terumbu karang. Terumbu karang ditemukan berpotensi menjadi obat-obatan di masa depan. Berbagai obat-obatan terbaru untuk penyakit kanker, radang sendi, infeksi...

BIOROCK SAVES BLEACHING CORALS AGAIN

October 1 2020 Komang Astika & Tom Goreau Biorock Indonesia Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia Corals growing on Biorock reefs in Indonesia that survived severe 2016 bleaching, and bleached again completely in 2020, have now fully recovered. Bleaching on Biorock was...

Meet Our Special Guest, Alexandra Cousteau!

Stemming from our patented Biorock® technology, our innovative and scientifically sound approach to coral reef restoration across Indonesia has ignited international interest in our NGO. Lucky for us, the unique experiences offered at Biorock® Indonesia, including our...

Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change at UN

Large Scale Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change was discussed for the first time at the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York, June 5-9. A common look at today's beach in Indonesia: Plastic trash everywhere. Picture by Oka Dwi P. The World’s...

Pemuteran Biorock Projects Honored at UN World Oceans Day Celebration in New York: Indonesia Ministries Support Grass Roots Coral Reef Restoration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tasya Karissa (Mrs) biorockindonesia@gmail.com +6285718295698   Komang Astika from Yayasan Karang Lestari Teluk Pemuteran joint panel with Arif Havas Oegroseno from the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry and Suseno Sukoyono from...

A Balinese Villager Seeking Solutions on World Ocean Problems with Policy Makers and Scientist at UN Ocean Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tasya Karissa (Mrs) biorockindonesia@gmail.com +6285718295698   We transformed an environmental disaster to sustainable community tourism in Bali" says Komang Astika from Yayasan Karang Lestari Teluk Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia -...

Coral transplantation, Restoring Seabed Beauty

BALI, KOMPAS.com - Transplantation of coral reefs has become a powerful way to restore the beauty of the underwater damaged by over-exploitation. In addition to being beautiful and attracting tourists, healthy reefs also restore balance to the ecosystem. To achieve...

Biorock in Buleleng

Announcers: By I Made Tirthayasa Singaraja (ANTARA) - The government of Buleleng applying technology "Biorock" to conserve coral reefs in the waters of the northern island of Bali. "In addition to Biorock technology, we also perform transplantation techniques and...

Pemuteran, From Fisherman Village to The International Tourism Village

"FIRST, in the 1980s the villagers of Pemuteran often damage the reefs. Understandably, the livelihoods of fishermen. " That is an expression of the Supreme Kertiyasa, one of the lads from the village of Pemuteran, Buleleng, Bali, when starting the story of coastal...

Unique Coral Reef Shape in Buleleng

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Buleleng Bali Dive Festival will be held on October 23 to 26 in the village of Pemuteran, Buleleng, Bali. The event consists of various activities of sea travel, culinary, art and culture. As the name implies, one of the activities is to dive...

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