In 1992, Indonesian friends and colleagues established a marine research development organisation named Yayasan Rinjani Bahari. They undertook numerous projects with LIPI (Lembaga Ilmu Penelitian Indonesia, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), the Department of Fisheries, COREMAP (**), and others. They partnered with Rinjani Divers to offer ecotourism packages to national and international tourists.
In 1997, its status changed to a non-government organisation, newly registered with the name Lembaga JARI. JARI stands for “Juang Laut Lestari”, which literally means Endeavoring for Marine Conservation. Since that time, JARI has been based in Lombok and has worked in partnership with TNC (The Nature Conservancy), Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund, JICA (Japanese Water Forum), and others. JARI has worked on projects as diverse as building water tanks, planting mangroves, educating children in schools and on field trips, and developing fisheries management strategies with local communities.
In 2000, JARI purchased land in East Lombok with the idea of building a marine conservation and education center. Ongoing land ownership issues have held this project up, however the dream continues. From 2003-2008, JARI founders were based in New Zealand where Hani was studying for a Masters in Marine Education. Current projects include Yosina – purchased in 2013 in collaboration with Live and Learn, Australia and Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund – a water-based education, research and conservation platform that will travel throughout Lombok and Sumbawa carrying out projects.