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Indonesia

Pelilit Village

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Conservation benefit: 1.2 acre no-take turtle-nesting beach for 10 years

Community benefit: Construction of a turtle beach guard post

Date Approved: 06.2011

Villages dot Nusa Penida Island, off the southeast coast of Bali, in Indonesia. Most of the  residents farm small plots or gather seaweed to make a living. The island vegetation comprises mainly scrub and expansive savannah, but several pockets of natural forest protect valuable watersheds. Through the efforts of a local NGO, Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF), in 2006 the island villages unanimously agreed to make bird protection a social and spiritual obligation. Since then, FNPF has rehabilitated and released various Indonesian birds, notably the critically endangered Bali starling.

The island communities have promised to turn their hawksbill and green turtle nesting beach into a no-take area. They will protect 1.2 acres (half a hectare) of beach for at least 10 years. Seacology is funding the construction of a small turtle guard post on the beach.

Project Updates

May 2015

Field representative Iona Soulsby visited this project in April 2015 and reports that the turtle post is used by community and Friends of the Forest volunteers, who patrol this beach and sleep there for periods of up to a week there during turtle nesting season, July to December. Community members are around the beach every day. Over 100 baby turtles were reported to have hatched a month ago.

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June 2014

Semi-monthly patrols had been conducted on Atuh beach each month but were suspended over the rainy season (December-April). Patrols will start again in May 2014. The village plans to have five days of patrols taking place in the months of June and July as these months are anticipated to be high season for turtle nesting.

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February 2014

Seacology Board Member Doug Herst and his wife Leni attended the opening ceremony for this project in July 2013. As of October 2013, patrols had not come across any nesting turtles during the full moon. Villagers are going to try patrolling the beach five days before or after the full moon when tides are highest and reportedly the best time for turtle nesting (according to their colleagues on nearby Seranangan Island).

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