The SEA People – A Global Tribe

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead – 

The SEA People is so much more than an organisation conducting projects in the field with the support of international donors;  it is a group of passionate individuals who are committed to protecting the seas in Raja Ampat, and around the world.   As true “Orang Laut”, these individuals possess an undeniable connection to the sea; a commitment, devotion, understanding, awareness and respect for that vast body of water that provides us with life.  Orang Laut understand that in order to survive and continue to enjoy the benefits that the sea graciously offers us, we need to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship, within which we prevent further deterioration and exploitation of marine ecology, and proactively provide protection.

As Orang Laut, we are entirely devoted and connected to the wilderness of the sea, to its protection and preservation, and to the possibility that such connection could lead to a better existence and a more secure future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

We are The SEA People. We are Orang Laut.

Our Mission

We combine applied science, technology and modern management practice with traditional knowledge, skills and management techniques to responsibly and sustainably care for regional coral reefs. We empower local communities to gain the skills and knowledge they want to Restore, Protect and Conserve their coral reefs, marine resources, and their culture and heritage whilst providing community uplift and addressing social inequality.


Our Vision

Is one where all stakeholders collaborate to value and protect Raja Ampat’s marine ecosystems in perpetuity so that the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs and the lives and livelihoods that depend on them have a sustainable future.


Where it all began…

The SEA People & Orang Laut Papua is the culmination of the passion, dedication and commitment of Arnaud Brival and Lynn Lawrance, who know that the biggest threat to nature is thinking that someone else will do what needs to be done.

Arnaud Brival

Lynn Lawrance

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