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Jandayan Island


Conservation benefit: Enforcement of three existing marine sanctuaries

Community benefit: Support for sustainable alternative livelihoods

Date Approved: 07.2003


This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.


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


This project protects seagrass, which traps more CO2 than any other marine ecosystem, slowing global warming.

Jandayan Island is approximately 120 acres in size, with three villages totaling 2,200 people. The island is one of the poorest in the region because of its depleted marine resources. To help bring back those resources, the island communities have created marine protected areas encompassing 150 acres. These areas contain mangroves, seagrass beds, and reef slopes.

Seacology is funding guardhouses, motorboats, and radio equipment for enforcement of the preserves, as well as demarcation and mooring buoys. In cooperation with Project Seahorse, Seacology is also providing equipment for organic gardening, organic poultry production, and seaweed production. These initiatives will provide income for people who have relied primarily on fishing. The Seacology grant will also fund as demonstration plots and training for small gardens throughout the villages.

Project Updates

January 2005

Marker buoys have been installed to outline the marine protected areas. The construction process helped solidify new partnerships with local agencies, allowing villages to procure ongoing support for fuel for the patrol boats and technical assistance. Training and workshops are taking place in organic vegetable farming, organic chicken production, and handicraft production. Plans for 2005 include creating a supply point in each village for one of the three livelihoods so that materials can be gathered and then distributed effectively.

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July 2004

Three marine protected area guardhouses in the villages of Handumon, Jandayan Norte, and Jandayan Sur were completed. Three patrol boats have been purchased to provide mobility to the fish wardens who will be manning the guardhouses on a 24-hour basis. In February 2004 village officials, the town’s mayor, the local congressman, members of the coastal development council, and Project Seahorse Foundation helped inaugurate the new guardhouses and patrol boats.

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