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Conservation benefit: Permanent 36-acre no-take sea turtle nesting beach

Community benefit: Public stairway

Date Approved: 06.2006


This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

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.

Project Updates

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 guarded by villagers and kept in their original locations. A guard post in Tulap was constructed in early 2008.

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January 2008

All construction was completed in mid-2007 and a final report was received through field representative Arnaz Mehta. The village currently has a 15-man turtle monitoring team regularly patrolling the beach at night. A guard post on the beach is being constructed and was scheduled to be completed in 2007. Staff will check on the status of the guard post construction in early 2008.

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March 2007

The public stairway was 100% completed in February 2007 and is being used by school children every day.

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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 public walkway in early 2007.

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