June 2006

Conservation benefit: Creation of a permanent 30-acre no-take sea turtle nesting beach

Community benefit: Freshwater supply, public toilets and access road

Tulaun, on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, is a coastal village made up of 40 families. Along with nearby Tulap and Ranawangko villages, Tulaun 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. The villagers have shown genuine interest and concern for turtles by protecting and monitoring nests rather than collecting the eggs and killing the nesting turtles. They would like to further this commitment by turning their entire length of beach (2 miles long) into a permanent official no-take zone.

In return for creation of the no-take zone, Seacology, with the assistance of local organization Yayasan Tri Prasetya, will fund improvements to the village freshwater system, three public toilets, and improvements to the village access road.

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Project Updates
June 2008
In the past year a few incidents of nest vandalism occurred during times when the village had to suspend monitoring either because of bad weather or because of extra work during fishing and...
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January 2008
All construction was completed in mid-2007 and a final report was received via field representative Arnaz Mehta. Tulaun and Ranawango Village members formed a collaborative committee to manage and...
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June 2007
Three public washrooms and bathing facilities were constructed and completed in February, 2007. In early 2007 Tulaun and Ranawango Village members formed a collaborative committee to manage and...
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January 2007
As part of the first phase of the project, the village connected 1,800 meters of pipe from their fresh water source (their river) to two collection and two distribution tanks. The water is...
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