Seram Island

July 2004

Conservation benefit: Creation of a 370-acre rainforest no-take zone

Community benefit: Rural health clinics and community health training and education

Seram is the largest of the “Spice Islands” in the remote eastern region of Indonesia. Two villages on the Seram’s northern coast, Sawai (Muslim) and Masihulan (Christian), live side by side in harmony with a combined population of 1,500 people.

The villages are willing to set aside 370 acres of pristine forest as a strict no-take zone for at least 50 years. In return, they have requested critically needed improvements to their healthcare system, which is extremely poor. In cooperation with Project Bird Watch, Seacology will fund basic health facilities, medical training for village-based practitioners, and community health education.

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Project Updates
January 2007
There have been some delays in finalizing water connection to the clinic at Olong. Project Birdwatch provided funding for temporary plumbing until the government installs permanent piping.
June 2006
In 2005, the no-take site was formally signed and bound by the King of Sawai District, heads of both villages, and heads of surrounding villages. All signatories have permanent copies of the...
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January 2006
The two clinics have been completed and are operational. Both nurse practitioners have completed training in Bali. Small refrigerators to store medicine, to be powered by portable solar...
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September 2005
The first clinic (in Masihulan Village) is essentially completed except for cabinets and ornaments. The basic structure of the second is complete as well, although it requires landscaping, and...
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July 2005
In November 2004, village dignitaries and the King of Sawai District officially designated an area of prime lowland forest set between branches of the Salawai River as a no-take Heritage site....
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January 2005
In October 2004, Seacology Field Representative Arnaz Mehta confirmed that the political situation in Ambon and the province of Maluku, where Seram Island is located, has remained peaceful for...
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