By Alya B. Honasan
IT was serendipitous that an important meeting of Coral Triangle partners was going on in Bali at the same time we visited, as scientists, conservation experts, and government representatives from all over the world gathered to work out plans of action. That meant that a whole battery of experts was ready and able to talk about their areas of responsibility, from the live reef fish trade to climate change and even the whole confluence of efforts. In the words of Kate Newman, Managing Director of the WWF US Coral Triangle Program, this kind of cooperation and speed of action was “unprecedented.” After all had been said and done, it was great to know that people knew what they were working for, and were willing to do what had to be done.
We came face to face with a lot of hope in Bali. There’s the hope one finds in commercial fishermen like Heru Purnomo, still young but already passionate about making sure sustainable fishing becomes the norm.