SORCE was founded in 2016 by three highly qualified, likeminded individuals whose vision is to develop sustainable community-backed methods for the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems. SORCE stands for Sustainable Oceanic Research Conservation and Education and was registered as a non-profit British Community Interest Company in 2018. SORCE’s ultimate goal is to restore and protect the marine environment throughout Indonesia, creating healthy, productive and valuable ecosystems for the benefit of all stakeholders and the future generation.
To achieve sustainable community backed methods of ensuring the ongoing restoration of marine ecosystems to a state of good health, well-being and productivity that can be maintained and improved upon for generations to come.
SORCE is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the marine environment through scientific action, field research and global education. We strive to promote an understanding of the need for change and a drive to achieve a sustainable future for our world’s natural ecosystems.
Teamwork – we believe that the more people who participate in finding and actioning a solution to the challenges facing the natural world the more effective we will be. Further to this we believe that it is only by working together that we can achieve our ultimate goals.
Responsibility – we have built our organisation on a foundation of integrity and respect, not just for the environment and the species we strive to protect but also the people we work with and the communities we engage within.
Honesty – we operate with the understanding that mankind has an obligation to be better. We ensure that all of our work is communicated and shared accurately and we hold ourselves accountable for all that we do.
Relevance – we ensure that the work we do has scientific research and academic knowledge at it’s root so that we can move forwards in a productive manner towards meaningful impact.
Inspirational – we are incredibly passionate about the opportunity we have to make a difference to the planet and everything within it. We seek to motivate and empower people, communities and corporations through our work and teachings. We aim to equip them with the knowledge and drive to act.
It is SORCE’s wish to first focus on Lombok using a multifaceted approach including conservation action, scientific research, community engagement, alternative livelihood generation and global education. Using these approaches, we hope to create a healthier more productive marine environment which can be enjoyed sustainably by tourists and local people, both now and in future.
SORCE has chosen to focus its efforts in Lombok for a number of reasons. Firstly, the Indonesian government is implementing plans to invest heavily in Lombok in order to develop the region as a tourism hub in the Indonesian archipelagos. Due to this, the Indonesian government has a unique opportunity to explore sustainable eco-tourism techniques which have the potential to develop into a highly successful industry that greatly benefits the local people of Lombok. Additionally, after numerous interactions with governmental officials and the local community as well as through observing the culture of Lombok the SORCE Directors have gained the impression that there is great support and understanding for the importance of effective long-term environmental management. SORCE hopes to help support Indonesia with the development of a sustainable eco-tourism industry for the benefit of both the environment and the people, leaving a better future both economically and ecologically, for the next generation. Whilst this is an enormous task it is one SORCE believes it has the potential to contribute greatly to, by working hand in hand with the Indonesian Government and the local communities, associations, organisations and universities of the region.
SORCE’s first step is to to set up a facility in the Sekatong region of Lombok which will be used as a base of operations for all of the projects that SORCE plans to fund, set up and run. It is the start-up fund required to build this facility that SORCE is aiming to raise with this campaign.
The facility will be run by SORCE’s three directors and will employ and contract work to the local people of indonesia. The facility will also host local visitors from Lombok and the wider region of Indonesia, with a particular focus on students who wish to gain training and field experience to assist them with their career development. Additionally SORCE will host international visitors, including students, tourists, academics and working partners who will pay to visit SORCE. Since we operate as a non-profit organisation all of the money received through fundraising, donations, grants and commercial activity is funnelled back into our initiatives and the running of the Centre. This means that we are able to make the biggest impact possible with the resources we have at our disposal.
The projects that SORCE plans to establish will all be conducted alongside our indonesian partners, and will fall under three primary categories - Research, Conservation and Education.
The areas our initial projects will focus on will include:
The facility will be constructed in such a way as to both fit in with the local culture and be as environmentally friendly as possible. The buildings will be constructed with sustainably grown bamboo and will need to include the following:
- Scuba Diving Store;
- Conservation Store;
- Toilet and Shower Block;
- Bedroom Huts;
- Social Area;
Additionally a number of pieces of equipment will need to be purchased so that the facility can become operational and projects can be set up and implemented. These can be summarised in the following categories:
- Generator/Solar Panels;
- Septic Tank;
- Water Tanks;
- Kitchen Equipment;
- Scuba Diving Equipment;
- Ecological and Chemical Survey Equipment;
- Conservation Equipment, Tools and Materials;
- Educational Equipment and Materials;
A more detailed breakdown of materials and equipment needed, and their related costs can be provided on request, as can further details on the projects we intend to set up and run once the facility has been built. SORCE has been designed so that once the facility is operational it will become self-sustaining. Not only does the facility allow SORCE to achieve its purpose and have a positive impact on the marine environment and local community but it will also facilitate the generation of enough income to keep projects running and expanding over the years.
For more information about SORCE or to get in touch, please visit our website: www.sorce.org