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Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 500-acre no-take forest reserve

Community benefit: Upgrading village rainwater collection system and school reconstruction

Date Approved: 01.2005


This project protects forest, preventing the release of greenhouse gases and reducing erosion that damages coastal and ocean ecosystems.

Kaibolafin Village is located on Indonesia’s Kola Island, one of a cluster of low-lying Aru Islands in the middle of the Arafaru Sea. About 55 fishing families live there. The village is willing to create a 500-acre permanent no-take forest reserve.

In exchange, Seacology will provide a new village rainwater catchment system. Currently, village families must rely on rainwater, which is collected from the village church roof in a single storage tank that is in urgent need of repair. During the dry season, they can get fresh water only from a forest well two kilometers away or from one of the neighboring islands, 30 minutes away by boat.

In addition, the school that serves the needs of the village’s 70 elementary students is in dire need of repair. The Seacology grant will also go to complete repair of the school.

Project Updates

June 2008

Construction of the school was complete by April 2008. Further plans for 2008 include adding a freshwater system for the school.

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December 2007

Completion of the project was scheduled for mid-2007 but was delayed due to a large government project occupying all the skilled labor in the area. The government project is scheduled to be finished in December 2007. Painting, adding ceramic flooring, installing doors and building a rainwater collection system to the Seacology-funded school are now scheduled to be completed by April 2008. The protected area is reported as being upheld with no problems.

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June 2007

Major construction was completed in early 2007, and the building is in use. Painting, adding ceramic flooring, installing doors, and building a rainwater collection system are scheduled for mid-2007.

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January 2007

There were several delays in 2006 due to the project leader’s poor health, lack of water in the area for mixing cement, and difficult transportation of materials. In spite of these obstacles a new roof, new walls, new floor, new doors and windows were constructed by late 2006 and the village is entering the finishing stages of reconstruction. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2007 when the project will move on to constructing the rainwater collection system.

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January 2006

The first stone for the school was laid down in November 2005. The foundation is complete and columns are being erected as of this writing.

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July 2005

In the first part of 2005, the village set the plans to upgrade the collection system, rebuild the school and establish the forest reserve. Installation of the storage tank for the rainwater collection system is scheduled to begin in summer 2005, followed by the rebuilding of the school. The project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2005.

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