Part One: Blue Carbon
Benjamin Brown has been living and working in Indonesia for 20 years since 1995. After graduating with a B.Sc. from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, Ben Brown worked in the fields of environmental education and habitat restoration, throughout the United States and Canada. Upon moving to Indonesia. In 2000, Ben founded a small grassroots NGO called Mangrove Action Project - Indonesia working in community based coastal resource managemetn in 12 provinces in Indonesia as well as Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Timor Leste. Most recently, MAP-Indonesia was engaged in the 5 year Restoring Coastal Livelihood Project in South Sulawesi, which included 500 hectares of Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation, 2000 hectares of improved Coastal Management area and the implementation of 72 Coastal Field Schools leading to livelihoods development. MAP-Indonesia was also engaged in Papua with the USAID IFACS project, responsible for forming a multi-stakeholder mangrove management working group and developing an integrated management plan for the world-class 750,000 hectares Mimika mangroves and lowland swamp forest.
In 2013, Ben co-founded Blue Forests, which continues to work across Indonesia from Sumatra to Papua. Ben is co-author of several peer-reviewed papers, a 300 page illustrated mangrove rehabilitation manual and a recent UNEP guidelines for coastal carbon projects. Ben is a member of the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group, and a PhD Candidate at Charles Darwin University – Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods.