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In November 2007, the United Nations stated that protecting and replanting Rainforests is the most effective way to combat global warming. Deforestation in Indonesia is happening at an alarming rate with 40% of its forests disappearing in the last 50 years, accounting for almost 5% of the worlds total gas emissions alone. Forests are crucial to a balanced environment; no one has the right to destroy this ecosystem that so many rely upon. Certainly not for short term commercial gain instead of the long term sustainable development that benefits all Indonesia people. I am from Lambourn, Berkshire currently studying as a second year Zoology student at the University of Bristol. For 4 weeks this Summer I am to travel to one of the worlds most endemic, biologically diverse and vulnerable areas of the world, to the rainforests and coral reefs of the beautiful Indonesia. Being a student, finances are low, but the urgency for immediate and sustainable action in these highly vulnerable areas is forever increasingly until a resolution is proven to work for the ecosystems and people of Indonesia. For the data collection I will carry out I need to be appropriately trained to ensure maximum accuracy of the findings, and these experiences cost money. The money will go into the research programmes and education that directly affects the areas I will be working in, so appropriate sustainable solutions can be put into immediate action. During my time there I will be working alongside top academics conducting conservation research surveys as part of a charity funded global research and conservation strategy programme run by Operation Wallacea. The aim is to assess highly vulnerable areas and collect data in the one of the least studied forest areas of Indonesia and in a triangle of highly diverse coral reefs. The collected data will be complied into a climate, community, biodiversity alliance report which will allow eligibility for corporative sector funding under REDD (Reduction in Emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation in Developing countries). The results collected will have a massive impact, benefitting surrounding communities through receiving voluntary carbon scheme credits providing benefits and opportunities to biodiversity and poverty alleviation based on performance in protecting forests. The data will be the basis towards influential education to the communities of the fisheries ecology and reef based economies in order for the people to create a sustainable well managed life style for the long term. My expeditions unique long term goal is to educate the Indonesian people providing them with the tools to live sustainably whilst conserving these areas of Indonesia that are a biodiversity hotspot. This will allow them it to be maintained in the long term which will be beneficial to both the people of Indonesia and be fundamental in conserving many endemic species and the great biodiversity found in Indonesia. On a personal level, this experience will not only allow me to help in improving the lives of Indonesian people and wildlife but when I arrive back to Berkshire in August it will allow me to apply my experiences to life here; reflecting and educating those around me on how and why conservation of our world is important, spreading my impact all the way back to the UK from Indonesia. Categories Younger people, Education/Training, Environment - Protection or Improvement, Nature/Wildlife, Science, Research Geographical Area Indonesia: Lambusango forests Hoga Island Marine Research Station Land Ownership How will it benefit the local community? Currently a major problem with conservation research and implementation of programme strategies is the lack of education of involvement with the surrounding community, this leads to a ineffective long term solution for the environment because the community is forced to destroy the forests and reefs to survive themselves. However, the main aims of this expedition is to ensure optimal involvement with individuals from surrounding communities, and educate them in how to efficiently use their resources and environment for maximum sustainable output which they can live in and more! Therefore generating a stable, sustainable income in the long term, offering a solution. What do you aim to achieve & how will you measure this? The expedition will benefit the local community within Indonesia directly by ensuring heavy involvement whilst implementing the specific conservation strategies, which are the result of the research surveys carried out. The Indonesian people will become educated and actively involved throughout the expedition to ensure the programmes are sustainable and beneficial for both the environment and people of Indonesia. The expedition will benefit my surrounding local community within Berkshire, for multiple reasons including benefiting from the reduced the rate of global destruction due to climate change from deforestation and destruction of vital ecosystems that the world is reliant upon as a result from the research and programmes implemented on the expedition. The expedition will also allow me to educate the surrounding community on how they can also conserve the environment and be more efficient with their use of resources, allowing universal practical applications from my experiences.
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