Seram is the largest of the “Spice Islands” in the remote eastern region of Indonesia. Two villages on its 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.