Fellow Since 2006
This profile was prepared when Wayan Patut was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Wayan is creating local marine enterprises that draw on coastal resources, including the cultivation of coral and raising of high-value fish. He is building community-owned businesses that allow people to earn a living and, at the same time, get deeply involved in the long term rehabilitation of coastal areas. This is Indonesia’s first model of coral reef rehabilitation with real economic incentives for local communities. With support from environmental experts and citizen organizations, Wayan and his community are rebuilding their coral reefs, initiating sustainable fisheries and developing community-organized enterprises. Through Wayan’s model, local fisher people are slowly becoming key actors in developing their communities and preserving the surrounding environment.Wayan Patut wants to change the way coral reef rehabilitation is approached. He is helping his community and others beyond Bali to convert desperate, destructive practices into actions which help rebuild and preserve their marine environments, and which provide new sources of income to participants. To spread this new model Wayan is working directly with fisher communities in other areas of Indonesia and lobbying local government officials. He sees the potential for collaboration among community groups as they build knowledge and sophisticated expertise in fulfilling the demands of a growing market without endangering the coastal environment.