Building the Biodiversity Team
Each year Raja Ampat Biodiversity employs a number of local villages and train them in different departments throughout the resort. Roles include Boat Crew, Boat Drivers, Cooks, Compressor and Gasoline Technicians, Gardeners, Groundsmen, and General Maintenance.
Those we take into our employ we commit to improving their training and helping them further develop their professional levels to broaden their employment perspectives after Biodiversity.
Support local trade
In every way we can we always try to buy local products from the local community with bringing as much produce as possible from the village, including Bananas, Mangos, Pineapples, and fish. We only buy line caught pelagic fish in order to promote the protection of the reef and it’s smaller fish species.
This year Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort has started to pilot a program help the women of our neighbouring village of Yenbeser generate their own income from readily available natural resources, producing a product that is not only good for their health and their income, but good for the environment too!
By providing a coconut grinder for common use in the village, now all the women of Yenbeser have the chance to produce their own pure, organic coconut oil. The oil is sold by the women to local businesses (including Biodiversity!) as an alternative to palm oil. Palm oil is synonymous with aggressive rainforest deforestation in Indonesia and more specifically, the degradation of the natural habitat of the now critically endangered Orang-utan.
We’re proud not only to be empowering women in the local area, but also to be diverting business away from this destructive global industry. Biodiversity use the local coconut oil to cook with as part of it’s healthy balanced menu, and sell it in our onsite shop.
We make yearly contributions to two of our neighbouring villages: Yenbeser Village and Friwen Village. Over the last five years we have given Christmas contributions consisting of: 700Kg of rice, 200Kg of sugar, 200Kg of flour, 100Kg of coffee, 50Kg of tea, 100lts of orange concentrate syrup, and 20 boxes of condensed milk.
We have regular meetings with the elders of Yenbeser village to evaluate the needs of the village and help them improve their livelihood.