Conserving natural resources and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in Wakatobi.
Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia
Affiliations & Roles
Mursiati graduated from Haluoelo University in Kendari with a Law degree. She is working to empower youth and connecting the dots between community health and ocean conservation efforts. She started out as part of a small grassroots organization called Forum Kahedupa Toudani (FORKANI) which focuses on the conservation of natural resources and the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in Wakatobi. She was also a writer for a fisherfolk group newsletter to share news, ideas, and knowledge from different groups around Wakatobi. In 2012, Mursiati became the coordinator for Program Lamun Wakatobi, which aims to build public awareness about seagrass meadows as an important ecosystem in Wakatobi.
Since 2016, Mursiati has been a program manager for Program Gurita Wakatobi with Blue Venture which works to empower the local community in order to manage their resources. She co-developed a new approach called Population Health and Environment (PHE) to integrate sustainable resource management and population health programs. The PHE project in Darawa aims to strengthen women's roles in community especially in health services programs, fisheries management and conservation efforts.
Mursiati has also been working with a youth group in Kaledupa to discuss community issues and how to have an open dialogue with community members and the government. She is also involved in a fishery monitoring program in Wakatobi.