SCORES Edition 17 Presents Female Coral Restoration Activists

The School of Coral Reef Restoration (SCORES) IPB University 17th edition, some time ago, presented Prawita Tasya Karissa, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Biorock Indonesia. Tasya has been involved in coral restoration activities since 2003 when she had the opportunity to learn about Biorock technology directly from its inventors, Prof Wolf Hilbertz and Dr Tom Goreau. This is what makes her one of the advocates for women's empowerment and equality for coral restoration activities.
In this activity, Tasya explained the experience of coral restoration that she had done. Starting from the implementation of the first workshop and pilot project in Bali in 2004 to continuing in 2015.
“I along with Dr Beginer Subhan, Dr Hawis Madduppa (late), Komang Astika and a number of other colleagues initiated the establishment of Biorock Indonesia. To date, Biorock Indonesia has developed 16 project sites located in 8 provinces in Indonesia. These include Bali, North Sulawesi, Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, West Sumatra, Lampung and DKI Jakarta," she explained.
However, she continued, the many challenges faced, such as the transfer of ownership of the island (a real case in Sepa Island), the willingness of the community to maintain coral restoration structures, as well as socio-political challenges (the existence of conflicts of interest), requires various inputs as stimulants in coral reef restoration activities. 
“Any method can be used in coral restoration, as long as there are people who are dedicated to maintaining coral reef restoration activities. So corals can grow well," said Kartini from Biorock Indonesia.
Moving on from her experience during coral restoration, Tasya presented several solutions to improve coral restoration practices in Indonesia. Namely re-establishing the pillars, goals, and targets of coral reef restoration; restructuring the Biorock Indonesia program as a sustainable effort, and continue to make efforts to increase awareness and involvement.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tries Blandine Razak, an expert on coral reefs at IPB University, also gave his point of view regarding coral restoration practices that have been carried out by various stakeholders in Indonesia.
He revealed that the number of coral restoration practices in Indonesia is very large, but it is not followed by optimal monitoring activities to determine the post-restoration condition.
“Coral restoration is not just a matter of numbers, it means that so far there have been a lot of projects. But it is not yet certain whether the coral ecosystem is truly restored or not,” said Dr Tries.
Dr. Syamsul Bahri Agus as Acting (Plt) Head of the Department of Marine Science and Technology (ITK), Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (FPIK) IPB University urges all women to play an active role in marine conservation. The high number of women in Indonesia has great potential to take part in conservation.
“Women are strong, I believe the involvement of Indonesian women will have a significant impact on the success of the coral restoration. Hopefully, we can get enlightenment regarding Biorock," said Dr Syamsul. (ARS/Zul)

Published Date : 13-May-2022

Resource Person : Dr Syamsul Bahri Agus, Dr Tries Blandine Razak, Tasya, Prof Wolf Hilbertz dan Dr Tom Goreau

Keyword : coral reefs, Department of ITK IPB, FPIK IPB, IPB University, SCORES