Conservation benefit: Permanent 36-acre no-take sea turtle nesting beach
Community benefit: Public stairway
Tulap Village in Indonesia is home to 1,240 people. Along with neighboring 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 Tulap’s high school, students form 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.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- June 2008
- Turtle nest monitoring continues. Twelve green or hawksbill turtle nests were recorded in the second half of 2007, and seven olive ridley turtle nests were recorded in early 2008. The nests are...
- January 2008
- All construction was completed in mid-2007 and a final report was received via field representative Arnaz Mehta. The village currently has a 15-man turtle monitoring team regularly patrolling the...
- March 2007
- The public stairway was 100% completed in February 2007 and is being used by school children every day.
- January 2007
- As part of the first phase of the project, the village completed clearing a two-meter wide path and constructing 290 meters of limestone foundation and stairway in late 2006. They plan to pave the...