Tulap Village in Indonesia is home to 1,240 people. With nearby Tulaun and Ranawangko, the village owns part of an extensive strip of beach that is critical nesting grounds for four species of endangered sea turtles: olive ridley, green, hawksbill, and leatherback.
To get to their high school, students from Tulaun must use a steep and slippery dirt path. Village elementary school students also must use the path.
To show its commitment to turtle conservation, the community is willing to turn a 2.4 miles long stretch of beach into a permanent, official no-take zone. In return, with the assistance of local organization Yayasan Tri Prasetya, Seacology will fund construction of a staircase on Tulap’s path to make it safer and more convenient.