My name is Rahman Dako. I am originally from Gorontalo Province, northern part of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. I am an MA student in Geography Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa. My interest are political ecology and community-based natural resources management, especially coastal issue. I am now working on my thesis about politics of gold mining in Indonesia, using a case study in Buyat Bay, a bay in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, which were affected by Newmont Mining Corporation.
Before I came to Hawaii, I worked with an Environmental NGO called KELOLA Foundation based in Manado, North Sulawesi. I work there from 1997 to 2001 before I moved to Gorontalo at the end of 2001. In Gorontalo I become a coordinator of Jaringan Advokasi Pengelolaan Sumberdaya Alam Gorontalo (JAPESDA). In 2003, I got scholarship from the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program.
Hawaii is my second beloved place instead of my hometown Gorontalo. I really love this place, the people, the weather and the environment. This is my picture on August 2005 in a beach around North Shore of Oahu Island, Hawaii