Misool Pledges to Double Donations to Misool Foundation
Between 4 and 9 June, all donations up to $25,000 will be matched by Misool Resort, with the aim to reach $50,000 for Misool Foundation's critical support of the 300,000-acre Misool Private Marine Reserve.
'Misool represents one of the most pristine reef systems left on earth. It’s one of only a handful of places in the universe where biodiversity is improving rather than declining,' said Dr Mark Erdmann, marine biologist, coral reef ecologist, and vice president of Conservation International’s Asia-Pacific marine programs.
'Ongoing funding is critical if we are to sustain our patrol unit and develop conservation programmes in the area,' said Marit Miners, co-founder of Misool Foundation and Misool Resort. 'This spectacularly beautiful region is also incredibly fragile, and we have to do everything in our power to protect it, for all life that depends on it now and for generations to come. This week we are amplifying our impact by reinvesting our business’ profits into our conservation initiatives. And by doing so we safeguard our most valuable asset – a healthy and thriving marine ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to donate with a double impact and become part of the story of protecting the world’s richest reefs.'
The continued protection of the areas unique ecosystem is contingent upon the 24/7 patrols carried out by Misool’s privately-funded Ranger Patrol Unit. As the underwater life thrives and prospers, the threat from shark-finners and long-line fishermen increases proportionately. Without constant vigilance, the pristine reefs and the unique creatures that call the protected area home are at risk.
Misool Resort has worked to protect this region from all fishing and extractive activities since 2005. Misool Foundation was established in 2011 and manages a suite of conservation programs. In addition to managing the 300,000 Misool Private Marine Reserve, the Foundation operates a community recycling program, a Manta ray research project, community education programmes, a turtle release programme, and a coral rehabilitation programme.
Misool Foundation is a registered Indonesian charity (called Yayasan Misool Baseftin in Indonesian) and non-profit organisation. Its mission is to safeguard the future of the most biodiverse marine environments on earth by empowering local communities to reclaim their traditional tenure of reefs. Notable achievements in recent years include the establishment of the private Misool Marine Reserve, a full-time, salaried local ranger patrol that has overseen an 86 per cent reduction in illegal fishing, an average increase in biomass of over 250 per cent and 25 times the number of sharks within the reserve compared to reefs outside.