Conservation benefit: Support of 1,977 acres of no-take rainforest in perpetuity
Community benefit: Community building
The village of Banjar Anyar sits 2,200 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mount Batukaru on the Indonesian island of Bali. Most of the 380 residents farm small plots of coffee, cacao, fruit, and rice. The forest of Mount Batukaru is home to a variety of birds, the critically endangered pangolin (scaly anteater), and leaf-eating monkey. Traditionally, the people of Banjar Anyar have cared for an approximately 1,977-acre portion of this rainforest above their village.
Banjar Anyar is adjacent to Sarinbuana Village, where Seacology funded a library, music, and dance building in 2006, in exchange for village endorsement of a 1,975-acre permanent no-take rainforest reserve. Seacology is providing Banjar Anyar with funds to construct a similar community building where meetings, Balinese dance and music practices, and youth activities can take place. In return, the village will protect 1,977 acres of rainforest in perpetuity.
- November 2014
- Program managers Karen Peterson and Mary Randolph visited Banyar Anyar in October. The building is finished and being used. Stonemasons were adding beautiful decorative touches in the ornate...
- May 2013
- According to Indonesia Field Representative Arnaz Mehta, "I just had the pleasure of visiting Banjar Anyar again to meet with some of the village leaders there and to check out the Seacology...
- September 2011
- Indonesia Field Representative Arnaz Mehta visited the community in late September, and met with the villagers and the project manager. According to Arnaz, "The building is a substantial two level...
- June 2011
- According to Indonesia Field Representative Arnaz Mehta, as of March 2011 the building was progressing very well, with all concrete work done, as well as the roof construction. The Balinese...
- January 2011
- Seacology Program Manager Karen Peterson and Indonesia Field Representative Arnaz Mehta visited this project in October 2010. Despite unusually heavy rains in the region, the site has been...