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Manado Tua Satu


Conservation benefit: Village endorsement of 118 acres of rainforest and 160 acres of coral reef as a no-take reserve

Community benefit: School reconstruction

Date Approved: 01.2006


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


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

Manado Tua Satu Village sits on the fringe of an extinct volcano, along the shores of Manado Tua Island. The village has about 2,000 residents. About 300 students attend the village’s elementary school. The school building, however, is in such bad condition that it’s not usable when it rains. Instead, teachers must hold classes in a partially completed church.

Seacology is providing funds to renovate the school. In return, the village has endorsed a 118-acre rainforest reserve and a 160-acre no-take marine reserve for at least 10 years.

Project Updates

January 2009

As of April 2008, classes were in session at the new site, and the reserve remains under active protection.

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December 2007

As of August 2007 the project was complete with one new building housing two classrooms, another new building for the head of the school and for school resources, and one new extension of the existing building housing two classrooms and sanitary facilities. The official opening ceremony was held on October 9, 2007 with members of the Seacology expedition to Raja Ampat in attendance.

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March 2007

Two of the new classrooms are 90% complete. All remaining construction to renovate the school is scheduled to take place in the next several months. Completion is planned for the end of July 2007.

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January 2007

The project start date was postponed so that the project leader could finish another project site first. In the meantime two of the classrooms at the school were rebuilt by the local government. The project leader sent in a revised budget to renovate the remaining unfinished classrooms and to build fencing for the school yard in late 2006. The project is scheduled to begin in early 2007.

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June 2006

All agreements, budgets and timelines were returned to Seacology in February 2006. Seacology is waiting to begin the project until the project leader has finished work at Poopoh Village. That way he will not have to travel between two distant villages during the same time. The project is expected to begin in early June.

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