Cunca Lolos

May 2009

Conservation benefit: Support of 12,355 acres of no-take forest

Community benefit: Village freshwater system

Cunca Lolos Village in Indonesia was established in 2001 as a farming settlement and has a population of just 152 people in 38 households. It is one of 27 villages located around the 63,738-acre Mbeliling Forest. A public works fresh water project for the village was completed in 2006, but unfortunately the water was sulfuric and not suitable for consumption. Pipes installed during this project are still intact, and the water is used for irrigation, and for washing hands and feet after working in the fields.

Currently, water for cooking and drinking must be hand-carried from a river more than a half mile away from the village, which takes about 45 minutes round-trip by foot. The villagers must cross the busy Trans-Flores highway in order to get to and from the river, posing a considerable risk to the children who collect water for their families.

Seacology will fund a village fresh water system in support of 12,355 acres of forest as a strict no-take zone for a minimum of 10 years. The villagers have identified an abundant and clean spring located just over a mile from the village within Mbeliling Forest. Since 2007, the villagers have played a major role in monitoring the condition of the forest and in planting trees around the water spring. Birdlife Indonesia is currently drafting a Nature Protection agreement with the involvement of all 27 villages around the Mbeliling Forest in their local dialect that will set out the rules and sanctions of the protected forest.

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Project Updates
January 2011
This project was completed in February 2010. The infrastructure was handed over on February 13, 2010 to the Cunca Lolos community. Seacology Field Representative Arnaz Mehta and Program Manager...
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June 2010
Arnaz reports that the infrastructure was completed and handed over on February 13, 2010 to the Cunca Lolos community. The village has also planted the following trees in the village tree farm...
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December 2009
All materials, including the pipe, have been delivered to the village. Construction of the water tanks will begin by the end of the year.
November 2009
Field representative Arnaz Mehta reports that the community is still waiting for an order of specialized pipe to be imported from Surabaya. The pipe is not sold in Labuan Bajo or in the nearest...
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