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World Ocean Day Gili Gede Island Clean Up Project Lombok

June 12, 2018 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: ,

WORLD OCEANS DAY 2018

World Oceans Day takes place every 8th of June. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The Brundtland Commission, i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors.

World Oceans Day takes place every 8th of June. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Brundtland Commission, i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors.

At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies worldwide. Ever since, with the collaboration of hundreds of organizations, including the World Ocean Network, the Association of Zoos, Aquariums, and many other networks from all sectors; the World Oceans Day is celebrated every June 8th of each year, with the purpose of helping raise the profile of the ocean and inspire more involvement in helping to conserve and protect this amazing resource we all depend on.

Currently, with more than 8 million tons of plastic being dumped in the ocean every single year, animals like sea turtles, sea lions, seabirds, fish, whales, dolphins, and many other marine life, are eating or getting trapped in these harmful plastics which end up either killing them or leaving them in conditions that threaten their lives. If that was not enough, these plastics also put human health at risk through the consumption of fish and seafood that have bioaccumulated microplastics in them through the contamination of the food chain. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use and most are never recycled. For this reason and many others, this year’s World Oceans Day theme concentrates on the prevention of plastic pollution and the encouragement of solutions for a healthy ocean.

We invite you to take a stand and help us help the ocean become a better place for us and a better home for the creatures with whom we share this planet.

This year also marks Khiri’s 25th anniversary and to help celebrate Khiri Travel Indonesia and Khiri Reach will be launching a new project on Gili Gede, an island off the coast of South West Lombok.

Khiri’s Lombok team will be heading over to Gili Gede on 25th of June – we decided to postpone the event from June 8th due to many official holidays currently taking place in Indonesia to be able to include all members of the diverse team and consider all religions and beliefs.  The program will include an island clean up, building garbage collection carts and new recycling separation cages in each of the island’s 5 villages, providing Nazava water filters to the women’s community craft center and launching the island’s Mangrove Restoration Project (planting program to start October 27th, 2018).

With a focus on education for all staff and local islanders, this opportunity will enhance social connections, create emotional bonds of trust, understanding, and shared values which encourage social reciprocity and bring about change. We will also take this chance to start the fundraising for the Mangrove Restoration Project and ask our agents and suppliers to donate or by committing to help with the physical planting when the season and tides are right.

Name of Project: Gili Gede Island Clean Up Project and Mangrove Restoration Project Launch.

Date: 25 June 2018 starts 8:00am

Location: Depart Khiri Travel Lombok office and head to Gili Gede

Contact: Brigita and Robert for more info or to join the event [email protected] or [email protected]

This is the official launch of an on-going Khiri Reach project. Please come and join the team on Facebook to learn more about this very special restoration and clean-up project that aims to benefit the locals in Gili Gede

Your support and donations are more than welcome and very much needed!

Here are 3 ways you can help;

1.You can help by donating funds to purchase more water filters ($22 buys 1 filtration set which cleans 7000 liters of water) to help the island community reduce their plastic consumption and have access to clean water without the need to use electricity or boil local water supplies.

2. Most of the trash found on the island comes from what washes up from the ocean all year round. The locals have been trained to clean and separate as much as possible. There is a women’s craft group that makes bags, baskets and other daily useful items using non-recyclable discarded plastic wrappers, yogurt cups and 3 in 1 coffee sachets, which are sold to support the families. Funds raised will pay to have all trash and recyclable garbage regularly removed from the island to a recycling center on mainland Lombok.

3. We wish to keep raising funds that will go towards buying different species of mangroves and paying the locals to plant and care for them. All 5 villages will be allocated a specific coastal area and taught more about biodiversity and the benefits or uses of mangroves that will in turn protect and prevent the erosion of their island home.

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