June 2006

Conservation benefit: Creation of a permanent 35-acre no-take sea turtle nesting beach

Community benefit: Freshwater supply, public toilets, and access road

Along with neighboring Tulaun and Tulap, the tiny coastal village of Ranawangko in Indonesia owns part of an extensive strip of beach that is critical nesting ground for four species of endangered sea turtles: olive ridley, green, hawksbill, and leatherback.

The village is enthusiastic about the conservation of turtles and would like to further its commitment to protect turtles by turning a 2.32 mile length of beach into a permanent, official no-take zone. In return, with the assistance of local organization Yayasan Tri Prasetya, Seacology will fund improvements to the village freshwater system, two public toilets, two bathing areas, and improvements to the village access road.

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Project Updates
June 2008
In the past year a few incidences of turtle nest vandalism occurred during times when the village had to suspend monitoring either because of bad weather or because of extra work during fishing...
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January 2008
All construction was completed in mid-2007, and a final report was received and summarized via field representative Arnaz Mehta. Tulaun and Ranawangko Village members formed a 15-person turtle...
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June 2007
In early 2007, Tulaun and Ranawangko Village members formed a collaborative committee to manage and maintain the infrastructure at both villages. Construction of the access road is scheduled for...
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March 2007
Two public washrooms and bathing facilities were completed in January 2007. The village is scheduled to start the final phase to construct the access road in April and May 2007.
January 2007
The village connected 1,420 meters of pipe from their fresh water source (a natural spring) to two collection tanks in late 2006. Water is currently being used by villagers. The public washrooms...
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