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Teling Village


Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 250-acre no-take forest reserve

Community benefit: Upgrade and repair of an existing freshwater system

Date Approved: 01.2005


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

Teling is a small hillside village in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, with a population of about 250 families.

The village currently protects 200 acres of Manembo-nembo forest. It is willing to set aside an additional 250 acres of intact hill forest as a permanent no-take zone by expanding an existing village ordinance. The newly protected forest will connect to the no-take zone recently created by neighboring Kumu and Poopoh Villages, both supported by Seacology.

Because of the area’s geography, Teling has experienced water supply problems for many years. Seacology will supply funding for an upgraded freshwater system.

Project Updates

January 2007

A second 1,100-liter holding tank was purchased and installed with two more water taps in mid-2006.

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June 2006

Two and one half miles of pipe for the water system have been replaced and two water tanks have been built and are in use. Water is gravity-fed to a new 3,500 liter control tank and then distributed to the village. The village also refurbished one concrete water reservoir and added two new public water taps.

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July 2005

Teling villagers formalized the no-take zone by official village ordinance and installed signage and boundary markings for the no-take area of the forest in April and May 2005. The construction to upgrade and repair the water system is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2005. Teling Village members are working together with Poopoh and Kumu Villages to collaborate with Indonesia’s Department of Forestry to ensure long-term forest protection against illegal logging activities.

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