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

Our mission is to combine science and technology with local and traditional knowledge, skills and management techniques in order to support improved ecosystems management and protection.  We focus largely upon capacity building; strengthening the ability of local community members to obtain the skills, knowledge and understanding required for improved management, protection and enhancement of local marine resources.

At a regional scale, The SEA People also works closely with local stakeholders, international NGOs and the private sector, and aim to provide mutually beneficial solutions to ecosystems based management.

Our Vision

Our vision is one where all regional stakeholders collaborate and commit to valuing and caring for Raja Amat’s marine ecosystems for the long term benefit of all the lives and livelihoods these ecosystems support.


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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