January 2007

Conservation benefit: Support of a 60,958-acre rainforest reserve for 20 years

Community benefit: Medical clinic

Ensem Village, in the Talaud archipelago of eastern Indonesia, has been settled since the early days of the spice trade nearly 600 years ago. The livelihood of the 609 residents of the village revolves around the centuries-old tradition of harvesting nutmeg and cloves as well as coconuts and other cash crops. The village borders the northern section of a 60,958-acre rainforest reserve on the island of Karakelang. Due to the exceptional biological significance of this rainforest reserve, Birdlife Indonesia has been working with Ensem Village since 2003 to create a village initiative to preserve this forest.

Seacology is funding the construction of a badly needed medical clinic. In return, Ensem’s has committed to preserve its rainforest for at least 20 years.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
January 2009
As of November 2008, the health clinic continued to be used and maintained well by women of the Family Health group in Ensem Village with limited government support. The village is trying to get...
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January 2008
The building has been completed, and an opening ceremony was held in December 2007. The building has two inpatient rooms, a medical supply room, exam room, admin room, emergency room, waiting...
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November 2007
As of October 2007 the building was 75% complete with plans for November and December to complete fencing, a storm drain, a kitchen space and to install electricity. The village is currently...
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August 2007
The foundation and walls were built, door and windows were framed, and a water well was constructed. Plans for August and September include finishing the roof, ceiling, doors, windows, tiling,...
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June 2007
Plans for May through August 2007 include preparing the site, purchasing and transporting materials, and starting the construction of the medical clinic. The building is scheduled to be completed...
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