Speaker Biography: Rili Djohani, Director, Government & Partner Relations, Coral Triangle Program, The Nature Conservancy

June 14, 2010
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For nearly 20 years, Rili Djohani has worked to improve the management and finance of marine protected areas and reduce the use of destructive fishing practices in Southeast Asia.  She joined The Nature Conservancy in 1995 to help establish the Conservancy’s coastal and marine program in Indonesia. Under Rili’s direction, TNC’s Coral Triangle Center in Bali was opened in 2000. The Center’s goals are to strengthen the network of marine protected areas in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle through public and private partnerships and an integrated approach based on technical assistance and practical training.  Rili was TNC’s Country Director for Indonesia from 2004-2008 which is TNCs largest international program.  The Indonesia program is focused on two of TNC’s global priorities: the forests of the Southeast Asia Archipelago and the Coral Triangle. In 2009, she took up a new regional role as TNC’s Director for Government and Partner relations for the Coral Triangle Program. Rili also leads an innovative financing and collaborative management initiative in Komodo National Park with support from the Global Environmental Facility and the International Finance Corporation.  The goal is to help make the Park financially self-sufficient based on tourism revenues. She holds a Master of Science degree in tropical marine ecology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and a Master of Science in tropical coastal zone management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program (environmental policy and law) with the University of Leiden that builds upon her marine conservation work in Indonesia.

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