Manggroholo and Sira Villages

June 2014

Conservation benefit: Support of 4,100 hectares (10,131 acres) of no-take forest reserve for 15 years

Community benefit: Village fresh water system

Manggroholo and Sira are neighboring villages in a remote and undeveloped area of West Papua. The combined population of the two villages is about 450 people, made up of indigenous Knasaimos people who are the traditional owners of a large section of primary forest intersected by a network of rivers and streams. They are mainly subsistence forest hunter-gatherers and small-scale farmers. Together with Greenpeace and a local NGO, Bentara Papua, these villagers mapped out all 81,000 hectares (200,155 acres) of their traditional forests, which have been recognized and approved by the regional government.

Palm oil companies are putting pressure to make inroads into their forest, but the villagers have resisted so far, as they are heavily dependent on their forest as part of their culture, religious and ancestral rites, source of sustenance and medicine, and for their income (harvesting non-timber products such tree sap resin, rattan, and bamboo). In addition, the villages decided to set aside 4,100 hectares (10,131 acres) of this forest in 2005 as a no-take zone as a further measure to preserve their traditional lands. The villages are in critical need of reliable fresh water. Currently, women draw their water from nearby streams and rivers, but these sources are scarce at certain times of year, and clean water can be extremely hard to come by.

Seacology is funding a village-wide fresh water system in exchange for the villages’ continued commitment and support to protect their 4,100 hectares (10,131 acres) of forest as a no-take area for a minimum of 15 years.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology Japan.
Project Updates
May 2015
Field Representative Irman Meilandi reports that Manggroholo now has a solar power supply for the water pump, 42 solar units for villagers' homes, and seven solar street lights. In Sira, the...
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January 2015
After the local government began work on a water system in Manggroholo using the water source that was to be used for the Seacology-funded project, project leaders asked to use the Seacology...
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