Details of the Initiative
With i-i-network, a general incorporated association of which I am the president, I am assisting the people of Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia, and surrounding villages there to create a community in harmony with nature.
Some of the people living in the villages around the national park used to be engaged in illegal logging and poaching of rare animals for their livelihood. In order to protect the park’s biodiversity, and in particular to promote the protection and habitat conservation of Bali Starlings, an endangered species, field staff from the national park office are trained as community facilitators to help the park and villagers work together to improve their livelihoods in harmony with nature.
Past activities have led former illegal loggers to form eco-tour guide groups and former poachers to protect Bali Starlings and preserve its habitat. In Japan, we also learn from and interact with Sadogashima Island (Niigata Prefecture) and Tokunoshima Island (Kagoshima Prefecture), both of which promote community development in harmony with nature. In FY2020, we started activities such as training of environmental facilitators by villagers and monitoring activities of Bali Starlings in the wild by children.