Seed Grant Story: Restoring Marine Habitats and Biodiversity to Build Sustainable Livelihoods

Susan Williams in ocean researching

Susan Williams, distinguished professor of Evolution and Ecology at the Bodega Marine Lab at UC Davis, saw success with her Seed Grant project in Indonesia. Mitra Bahari is a partnership for the sustainable development of marine resources on small islands off Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Williams collaborated with Universitas Hasannudin's faculty and the Mars Symbioscience Alternative Livelihoods program to: 1) restore valuable seagrass and coral reef ecosystems, 2) develop the sustainable culture of high-value ornamental species to provide alternative livelihoods to the destructive fishing and collection practices that damage seagrass and coral reefs, and 3) initiate primary school outreach that will facilitate increased conservation of these habitatis, adoption of alternative livelihoods, and STEM education. Read more (.pdf).