Operating in parallel and close alignment with Bawah Reserve, the Anambas Foundation (AF) was created in 2018 as an independent, not for profit organisation. AF was established to help conserve and expand the biodiversity in the Anambas Islands through a marine conservation programme aimed at protecting the coral and fish on the surrounding barrier reef and a land-based conservation programme, as well as lifting the communities’ welfare.
The district of Anambas consists of more than 200 islands across 7 sub-districts with around 45,000 people. 75-80% of the community rely their livelihood heavily on the ocean. BAF is working closely with the local Anambas government as well as various stakeholders including NGOs, academic and research institutions, other private sector entities with the same ethos and objectives, and most importantly the community themselves.