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

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

Date Approved: 06.2006


This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

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.

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 and farming seasons. In spite of this challenge, nest monitoring continues. Seventeen green or hawksbill turtle nests were recorded in the second half of 2007, and eleven olive ridley turtle nests were recorded in early 2008.

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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 monitoring team to regularly patrol the beaches at night.

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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 May 2007.

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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.

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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 and bathing facilities are scheduled for construction in early 2007.

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