Participate in the 'Clean-Up' day to get a FREE DIVE !
To take part, register in one of the dive shops on Gili Trawangan, you will be provided with a plastic bag, simply fill it with as much non-organic waste you can find and return it.
These clean-up days are organised on the first Friday of every month.
The next clean-up day is the 6th of July, 2012.
Recent activities and projects:
Gili Eco trust Animal Clinics from 24th of May until 30th of May
Gili Islands Animal Clinics: more than 120 cats have been sterilized, about 150 horses have been treated: dewormer, vitamines and treating wounds... a few bad cases are still under treatment. The ferrier trained 3 more guys how to cut horse feet and fit new shoes and they have applied their new skills for more than 20 horses. Thanks to Lucy Gibson, Jakarta Animal Aid Network staff, Stud staff, Dr Gede and the 6 vet students from Montreal. Thank you Gili islands businesses and diveshops for making it possible (special thanks to Trawangan Dive, Gili Divers, Lutwala Dive, Bale Sampan). another great program accomplished!
GILI ECO TRUST
The trust was created in 2001 by the dive shops on Gili Trawangan to support SATGAS, an association of local security which was struggling against dynamite and cyanide fishing and its disastrous effects on the coral reefs.
An eco-tax is collected from each diver when paying for their fist dive on the island, this financially compensates the fishermen who commit themselves to fish without damaging coral. It also helps to finance the SATGAS surveillance patrols.
The eco-tax rate is 50,000Rp, which is around 4 Euros, 5.5 US Dollars or just over 3 Pounds Sterling. Please ask for a Gili Eco Trust re-useable shopping bag when you donate.
The Gili Eco Trust reusable bag
In 2003, SATGAS, the Gili Eco Trust and local fishermen entered into an agreement which banned destructive fishing techniques and defined fishing areas.
However, because of all the factors of destruction that touch coral, protecting the reefs is not enough. Thus, the Gili Eco Trust launched in 2004 its cutting-edge Coral Reefs Restoration Program based on the BioRock technology.
BioRock is a simple technology: a metal structure, crossed by a low-voltage electric current which is harmless to sea organisms and is installed on the ocean floor. The current encourages a calcareous precipitation on the whole structure and avoids the appearance of rust.
Loose corals are then manually attached to the structure and typically grow 2 to 6 times faster than usual and are more resistant than under normal conditions, allowing the ecosystem to replenish itself and develop.
To learn more about BioRock technology and our other reef restoration projects, see 'About BioRock'
Zoom on a Biorock structure
Since 2004 the Gili Eco Trust has become more independent and has been developing several projects to protect the environment on the Gili Islands. These three little islands off Lombok, Indonesia, live on a thriving tourism, which at the same time threatens the ecological balance of these sea and land paradises.
Gili Eco Trust’s projects are not only about coral protection and restoration, but also about waste management, local population, the raising of awareness amongst tourists, animal treatment and the containment of erosion.
To learn more about our projects, see 'Eco-projects'.
Please do not forget that your behaviour has an impact on the environment, whether on the Gili islands or elsewhere.
Some suggestions as to how you can help can be found at 'Get Involved' and Please Remember'.