Learning across disciplines

By: Machiel Lamers · 28 January 2020
Category: Resilience of the richest reefs

The guide is carefully steering the dinghy towards the mangrove-covered shore. His assistant stands in the front on the lookout. The last few meters he carefully pushes it towards the mangrove using his pole while avoiding the corals. We are doing some water quality measurements with the students at different…

Tourism on Arborek

Tourism in Arborek
By: Machiel Lamers · 21 January 2020
Category: Resilience of the richest reefs

I am standing on our ship, gazing at a small dot of green in the middle of a blue ocean. As the dot becomes bigger and the details become clear, our curiosity grows. We have arrived at Arborek, a small island of 0.1 square kilometre (including a football field) with a population of 300 people, that has almost…

A great momentum

By: Machiel Lamers · 16 January 2020
Category: Resilience of the richest reefs

After a long trip we finally arrived in Waisai, Raja Ampat. Here, we wanted to sort the fins and snorkels and meet the most important stakeholders for our trip. Through a tropical monsoon we ran to the meeting: around the table that looked like a wedding cake were sitting about…