Vice President, CI-Indonesia
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Ketut Putra is the executive director for Conservation International’s program in Indonesia. He works to maintain partnerships with NGOs, governments, and members of the private sector that support CI’s conservation mission.
One of his projects is a throwback to his history with sea turtles. A survey of the beaches of Java’s Alas Purwo National Park revealed that turtles trying to nest there are being hindered by large amounts of driftwood and rubbish on the sand. Ketut worked with the local people, including school children, to clean up the beach so the turtles can nest. He hopes that his program will develop a 10-year strategy that will include establishing 10 million hectares of marine protected areas and creating a managed turtle sanctuary network.
Ketut’s conservation triumphs began long before he started working for CI in late 2004. His greatest accomplishment may have been single-handedly halting the sea turtle trade in Bali that was devastating populations of Critically Endangered leatherbacks ( Dermochelys coriacea).
Ketut has earned his master’s degree in integrated coastal management from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. On a personal level, he enjoys scuba-diving with his sons and wife, and has high hopes for the natural world.