ABOVE | BELOW | BEYOND
BAF exists to protect and rehabilitate the ecosystem of the Anambas archipelago and elevate the communities’ welfare.
Founded in April 2018, Bawah Anambas Foundation (BAF) is an Indonesian Foundation that aims to improve the overall ecosystem in the Anambas, both underwater and terrestrial, as well as sustainably lifting the community’s welfare.
The Anambas archipelago consists of more than 255 islands across ten sub-districts and of the 45,000 people, 75-80% of them heavily rely on the ocean for their livelihood. Located in the Coral Triangle, the Anambas has outstanding marine biodiversity presenting great potential for eco-marine tourism.
Fringing reefs are easily accessible and the water is typically clear, warm and sheltered which are ideal for both snorkelling and scuba diving. Sadly, however, the legacy of unsustainable fishing practices by local fishermen, uncontrolled fishing by the industrial fishing vessels, poor solid waste management, marine debris, and deforestation can be seen in the area.
This remote picturesque paradise was not shielded from threats to its ecosystem. BAF is trying to improve the ecosystem of the Anambas through three pillars of priorities: Forest Conservation, Marine Conservation, and Community Empowerment. In implementing our activities, BAF is working directly with the communities with close coordination with the District Government of the Anambas.