NGO Yayasan Konservasi RASI
The NGO Yayasan Konservasi RASI manages a small floating information centre, opened in July 2006. YK-RASI is a nonprofit, nongovernment organisation, legally established as an Indonesian ngo in 2000. Its goal is to conduct conservation activities based on biological/socioeconomic research in Indonesia to protect rare aquatic species in freshwater and marine ecosystems. This also helps protect resources important to people.
Scientific and awareness projects to date have concentrated on the protection and sustainable management of resources in the Middle Mahakam River, lakes and wetlands in East Kalimantan. YK-RASI is the local partner organisation with the Wetlands International (WI) Indonesia programme for Mahakam Lakes within the international Living Lakes Network. See www.globalnature.org
It plans to develop an education centre in the Middle Mahakam Wetlands and Lakes area.
Our Foundation has five fixed staff including Director and three senior consultants of Mulawarman University in Samarinda, two consultants from foreign NGOs (GNF and CIFOR). For specific field, freelance staff are recruited from other NGOs, the student organisation of the Forest Faculty of the local university (MAPFLOFA) and trained by fixed staff members.
The Mahakam Information Centre is based in Muara Pahu, West Kutai District., East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The centre is guarded by a fisherman who also runs an examples fisheries project for sustainable aquaculture that finishes in 2007. If this project is successful, it will be run with other fishermen. The centre is in an important tributary/river confluence area for river dolphins. Information on the dolphinns and other wildlife is available, and tourists can hire motorised canoes to watch dolphins or undertake river-based wildlife spotting tours.
The goals of the Sustainable Mahakam Lake and Wetland Management Programme are to:
Maintain biodiversity and resources through science- and community-based zonation, and law enforcement. Especially for spawning fish, breeding birds, dolphin sites, and areas of habitat recovery (e.g. reforestation of burnt swamp forests to reduce sedimentation.
Increase support, awareness and capacity for local communities and Government for sustainable management of the wetlands.
Enhance livelihoods for local communities through resource friendly aquaculture, diversified agriculture, agroforestry, solar energy, biogas and hydroponic cultivation.
Achieve long term sustainability with a trans-district-boundary water management authority composed of stakeholders.
Active promotion of area as (inter)national tourism site to enforce political/societal support for preservation of the area.
Irrawaddy freshwater Dolphin
We conduct awareness programmes for schoolchildren and fishermen, fishermen workshops to train in safe dolphin release and more sustainable fishing techniques, village and district workshops for area protection, alternative fisheries project, alternative fisheries project, socio-economic and biodiversity assessment surveys, monitoring, and the establishment of the floating Information Centre in dolphin core habitat.