What is Gili Eco Trust?

Gili Eco Trust is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) that was created in 2010 with a mission to protect the coral reefs around the Gili Islands in Indonesia from destructive fishing practices. It is based in Gili Trawangan and is also known as Yayasan Ekosistem Gili Indah. Here are links to their Website and Facebook Page. There used to be a lot of cyanide and dynamite fishing which is both destructive for the corals and the coral reef ecosystem.  After a terrible El Niño event in 1997-1998, an agreement was soon established between the fisherman to end the destructive fishing practices.

The mission of the NGO is to create a sustainable island as well as “to promote ecotourism and provide a healthy environment for working animals. To restore our coral reefs and to replenish our natural fish populations. To ensure that all waste created on Gili T is reduced to minimum levels and managed and separated properly for recycling projects where materials can be transported off the island.”

In addition, they have several goals:

  • Restore and protect the coral reefs around the Gili islands by building more Biorock structures*, installing moorings to prevent further anchor damage and provide education and marine workshops.
  • Prevent and manage waste and rubbish on Gili Trawangan by recycling and educating both locals and tourists.
  • Clean up Gili Trawangan by organizing weekly beach clean-ups and island clean-up days.
  • Reducing the amount of plastic on the island by motivating businesses to provide water refill stations and get locals and tourists to stop buying bottled water, and encouraging the ban of plastic bags.
  • A structure that creates artificial coral reefs through building a steel frame and putting a low voltage of direct current through in the ocean, that slowly grows into a coral reef.