With neighboring villages Tulaun and Tulap, the tiny coastal village of Ranawangko in Indonesia owns part of an extensive strip of beach. It 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 them. It has committed to turn 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. The grant will also fund the addition of two public toilets and two bathing areas, and improvements to the village access road.