Conservation benefit: Establishment of 124-acre no-take forest reserve
Community benefit: Elementary school renovations
Kumu is a small village on the northern coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia, with a population of about 240 families. Because of decreased watershed protection, the village now experiences serious groundwater shortages during the dry season, as well as flooding during heavy rains.
Seacology is assisting Kumu villagers by funding the planting of 5,000 indigenous tree seedlings in about 25 acres of deforested land bordering the river, as well as the much-needed renovation of the village’s only school. In exchange for these urgently needed items, the villagers will set aside 124 acres of intact rainforest as a no-take zone.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- June 2008
- As of May 2008 the Kumu school remains in good condition. Villagers continue their efforts to protect the no-take area and have collected seedlings from the forest to plant near the river.
- July 2005
- In 2004 and early 2005 villagers formalized the no-take zone by official village ordinance, installed signage and boundary markings for the no-take area and started a native seed nursery to boost...
- March 2005
- Three of the six rooms are completed and are each being used by two sessions of classes per day. The remaining three rooms will be complete by the end of April. The official village ordinances...
- January 2005
- Installation of signage and boundary markings for the no-take area of the forest is almost complete. In October 2004, an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new school took place with local...