1) Clean up day: The next big clean up day will be on the 24th and 25th of September with help from the dive shops, school, horse karts, hotels and restaurants. We need to clean the whole island, not only the beach. It is why it will be over 2 days to involve as many people as possible.
2) When you pay the 50,000rp Reef Tax / Eco Tax you can get a re-usable bag in return. This is available for any business not only dive-shops. We need more support from the visitors and more businesses showing their support. Re-usable bags in guest rooms with nice message for them to understand that we are trying to ban the plastic bags from the island, and to buy a bag is only a minimum donation of 20,000rp.
3) The rubbish system is struggling in high season. More than 2,5 tons of rubbish per day…!!! A new calculation is needed for the payment system as the funds are running low. We need more staff: The Gili Eco Trust is paying for 2 salaries. There is not enough horses: The Gili Eco Trust is paying for fresh water and extra food and medicines, plus will also pay for one more staff who will solely look after the horses well being. Antony from Manta Dive, ( the GET trust instigator) has done a new calculation system according to how many rooms, types of rooms, restaurants, dive shops, and private villas or private houses. Everyone will have to register and we will apply the new system in September as well as implementing the selection of rubbish that can be recycled.
4) The road to the rubbish dump will be made before rainy season as Pak Zainal has now agreed to let us build it. The road will be made from recycling glass bottles, cross-welded steel and cement. He is very interested in helping FMPL making the system run well.
5) Recycling: we need to get some tetra pak boxes to Bali, any ideas out there? As Blue Water Express can’t take the boxes full of tetra paks during high season. We are thinking about getting a place in the harbour for recycling, so everyone can bring their different items to be sent to Lombok and get recycled. Plastic will go to Lombok soon as the government is helping FMPL to send it to a big recycling place in Sekotong. For the rest, we are building a compost place now, and we will carry on recycling plastic bottles and carton boxes. For the rest, we are still looking for solutions please?
6) The school needs renovating and we have 25 millions to spend from the Trawangan Fun Day collections. We think that the money should go towards the local children: such as new desks and chairs, cooling fans for the class rooms, water gallons and dispensers, and a sports playground.
7) The horse cart’s drivers unfortunately do not seem to care about their horses, despite The Gili Eco Trust’s huge efforts, we are now paying for fresh water and extra food, veterinery visits and medicines, plus we will also pay for one more staff who will solely look after the horses well being. Unfortunately they are also overcharging tourists and we are trying to work in collaboration with the ‘Cidomo koperasi’ to change the system. They need to put some hard rules down and apply them with fixed price zones and perhaps fines for rules broken. They need a controlled maximum speed limit, and more education about horse care.
8) We will try to work more closely with the island Security to expand their job. We need their help to stop anchoring, to control local people harassing tourists and to report their activity so we can know how many complaints, what type of complaints and the different reports made to the police.
9) The Biorock workshop is on 15th to 21st November 2010. Again we will need all your support and would like to know who wants a Bio Rock reef structure and what type. Then we can start making T shirts, banners and promotional materials for this annual event.
10) We placed 14 new mooring buoys between Gili Divers and the electric power station last Saturday, and they are actually still there. We need to stop anchoring and let people know that anchoring is illegal and very bad for the erosion by destroying shallow coral reefs. We will put some more between the pier and Vila Ombak very soon. Please control anchoring in front or next of your business.
11) we are thinking about writing a little Gili Eco Trust booklet for all visitors, We will explain everything that the Gili Eco Trust is doing and trying to do for visitors. As well as explain to them how they can limit their impact on the Gili Islands environment and still enjoy their holidays!
PLEASE CARE ABOUT OUR TINY ISLAND.
PLEASE LEAVE IT THE WAY YOU FOUND IT.
MAKE DONATIONS TO THE GILI ECO TRUST AND RECEIVE YOUR RE-USABLE BAG.
AND PLEASE SEND US ANY POSITIVE FEEDBACK IN HOW WE CAN SUSTAIN SENSIBLE TOURISM BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.