Dunia Baru Building Eco Learning Center in Raja Ampat

Dunia Baru proprietor Marc Robba has slated a March opening for an Eco Learning Center in the village of Sauwandarek on Mansuar island in Raja Ampat.

The Dunia Baru Learning Center in Sauwandarek  will face the village pier

The Dunia Baru Learning Center in Sauwandarek will face the village pier

Robba and different key members of the venture’s crew met with Sauwandarek’s chief, generally known as Baba, and the village elders late final 12 months to finalise the final features of the Learning Center.

Measuring 20m by 12m, the constructing can be positioned straight in entrance of the village’s picturesque pier, looking over the ocean.

“We were thrilled to formally map out the site,” stated Robba, whose 51m Phinisi constitution yacht has chartered extensively in the area because it was launched in 2014 after eight years of building.

Schoolchildren walk along the pier in Sauwandarek village on Mansuar island; Photo: Indo Yachts Images

Schoolchildren stroll alongside the pier on Mansuar island; Photo: Indo Yachts Images

“It was important that we took the time to agree with the chief and village elders on the perfect location for the Learning Center. This is going to be a space where people can come together in learning and community. It needed to feel natural.”

Robba and his crew additionally made a visit to Batanta island, 15 miles from Mansuar, to examine the supply of the constructing’s 25 cubic metres of wooden getting used for the venture, an area hardwood known as merbau, a sturdy timber that deepens in color with age.

“We made a tough one-kilometre trek into the forest to find the first tree that had been carefully selected for the centre,” stated Robba, who estimated that about 12 timber can be wanted.

Mark Robba (left) is passionate about the new Learning Center in Raja Ampat

Mark Robba (left) is passionate in regards to the new Learning Center in Raja Ampat

“An entire village – about 22 families – on Batanta specifically work to responsibly select and harvest the island’s timber. Once the wood is prepared, it’s brought by small boat across the Dampier Straits back to Sauwandarek.”

The Dunia Baru Learning Center will sit evenly on the land and has been designed by famend architect Popo Danes to mix in with the standard structure and pure environment.

Three of the unique grasp shipwrights who labored on Dunia Baru’s construct will help native builders in the venture and educate them superior woodworking strategies.

Once constructed, the centre will characteristic a well-stocked library and multi-use assembly and educating house, the place conservation, the surroundings and the significance of preserving the distinctive native habitats can be taught, together with abilities equivalent to cooking, tourism and homestay operation.

Sauwandarek village chief Baba (far right) with local schoolchildren

Sauwandarek village chief Baba (far proper) with native schoolchildren

“The Learning Center will really help my community,” stated Baba, who has been the village chief for eight years, having lived there since 1991 together with his spouse of 39 years.

“I need Sauwandarek to be generally known as a village on the forefront of tourism in Indonesia, serving to to make a constructive impression, so travellers share their tales of Raja Ampat and Indonesia with the world.

“Raja Ampat is famous for what lies under the water, but there is also so much more. From rare birds, to natural scenery, friendly people and unique culture, we have it all.”

A rendering of the interior of the Dunia Baru Learning Center

A rendering of the inside of the Dunia Baru Learning Center

Robba additionally plans to open a regional workplace for Dunia Baru on Waisai island in March 2020. The workplace will act as an operational hub for the superyacht in one among its hottest cruising grounds.

“We are so passionate about the Learning Center project and excited that it is moving forward as it is. For anyone who knows Raja Ampat, this is a really special part of the world,” Robba stated.

“Dunia Baru is lucky to be able to spend time in these beautiful waters and build relationships with the people here. By opening a dedicated Raja Ampat office and by building the Learning Center, which hopefully will be the first of many, we are investing in the future of the region. It is exciting.”


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