ABA – Who We Are

ABA – Who We Are

Who is ABA

ABA stands for Aliansi Bahari Alor – in English Alor Marine Alliance. The creation of ABA was inspired by the Provincial Ministry of Marine and Fisheries in Kupang (NTT) and the WWF by asking the private sector for technical advice and partnership for the management of the Alor Marine Protected Area (MPA). To speak with one voice, professionals who are involved in the marine tourism industry in Alor, decided to establish an association. Some of these tourism operators have been active in the area for more than 15 years and are well integrated among the local communities.

ABA’s vision

ABA envisions a sustainable and responsible tourism model for the Alor archipelago and the long-term preservation of its marine ecosystem.

ABA is in favor of promoting sustainable touristic marine activities and aims to support the government in managing the MPA&’s marine activities through advice, capacity building, guidelines and monitoring towards its members and other stakeholders.

ABA promotes values of ethics, safety, professionalism, environmental and social sustainability, and supports local activities and projects that address the challenges of the marine ecosystem of Alor.

ABA’s mission

ABA concentrates on sustainable development and marine conservation activities, with a focus on 6 categories with short to long-term projects:

  1. Regulatory: Cooperation with the government on rules and regulations regarding the MPA and support a quantity limitation of visitors to iconic diving / snorkeling sites.
  2. Research: Provide assistance with conservation and science programs that overlap with and promote  ABA’s goals.
  3. Conservation activities: Installation of mooring lines, support initiatives against destructive fishing methods, coral restoration.
  4. Awareness raising: Promotion of sustainable marine activities, information to all stakeholders regarding the existing rules and regulations.
  5. Capacity building: Development codes of conduct for tourists and operators, promote waste management.
  6. Support to local communities: Encourage the development of sustainable local welfare, provide economic alternatives to destructive fishing to the local communities.