Jensi Sartin

Reef Check Foundation (Indonesia),

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Sartin says that his experience growing up in the rainforests of Borneo – where deforestation was already under way – prepared him for his professional career as an advocate for the world’s oceans. “All of these things are connected,” says Sartin, whose organization documents the health of Indonesia’s numerous coral reefs and devises community-based strategies to protect them. “Protected areas are not about managing resources, they are about managing people.” Sartin says community-based conservation forms a crucial part of sustainable development, especially in regions of the world that are environmentally stressed.