July 2005

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 75-acre permanent no-take forest reserve

Community benefit: Elementary school reconstruction and school furniture

Kawangkoan is a large village in the Minahasa highlands of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, consisting of 1,206 households. Most people are engaged as farmers or coconut plantation laborers.

Kawangkoan’s elementary school, like many public schools in Indonesia, is severely dilapidated, and no funding is available for renovations. Seacology is funding the rehabilitation of the village elementary school. In exchange, the village government will create at least 75 acres of permanent no-take rainforest.

Project Updates
June 2011
The project has come to a successful close.
June 2010
All book purchases have been finalized and will be distributed after the school holiday at the end of July. The school has also received additional funds from the government because of the village...
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November 2009
The community has finalized buying the first set of books and expects to have finished the process by December. The reforestation program is continuing with more tree seedlings being brought in...
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June 2009
As of April 2009 the forest conservation is still ongoing and the latest activity was another tree planting by the students in an area close to their school. Progress is continuing on finding the...
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January 2009
As of November 2008 the conservation area mapping process continued after a village boundary challenge surfaced. In spite of the challenge, community tree plantings continued within the previously...
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June 2008
As of May 2008 all components of the project were complete with the exception of purchasing the last set of school books.
December 2007
The project leader was hired by another organization in mid-2007 and was not available at the site for much of that time. He is now back at the village and committed to completing the project with...
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March 2007
Construction to renovate the two school buildings was completed by March 2007 and the village set plans to map the no-take area. The North Sulawesi Governor and Mayor have endorsed the project...
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January 2007
A change in village leadership during summer 2006 postponed the project so that the new leaders could have time to review the plans. All documentation was sent to Seacology in November 2006 and...
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January 2006
While discussions about the no-take zone areas were delayed during a new village government election and transition, in early December the village passed a law to protect the rainforest.

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