INDONESIA, Ranawangko Village, North Sulawesi - June 2006
Fresh water supply, public toilets and access road in exchange for the creation of a permanent 35-acre no-take sea turtle nesting beach
Along with neighboring Tulaun and Tulap, the tiny coastal village of Ranawangko owns part of an extensive strip of beach that is critical nesting ground for four species of endangered sea turtles: Olive Ridley, Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback. The village is enthusiastic about the conservation of turtles and would also like to further their commitment to protect turtles by turning a 2.32 mile length of their beach into a permanent official no-take zone. In return, with the assistance of local organization Yayasan Tri Prasetya, Seacology will fund improvements to the village fresh water system, two public toilets, two bathing areas and improvements to the village access road. *
UPDATE January 2007 - The village connected 1,420 meters of pipe from their fresh water source (a natural spring) to two collection tanks in late 2006. Water is currently being used by villagers. The public washrooms and bathing facilities are scheduled for construction in early 2007.
UPDATE March 2007 - Two public washrooms and bathing facilities were constructed and completed in January 2007. The village is scheduled to start the final phase to construct the access road in April and May 2007.
UPDATE June 2007 - In early 2007 Tulaun and Ranawangko Village members formed a collaborative committee to manage and maintain the infrastructure at both villages. Construction of the access road is scheduled for May 2007.
UPDATE January 2008 - All construction was completed in mid-2007 and a final report was received and summarized via field representative Arnaz Mehta. Tulaun and Ranawangko Village members formed a collaborative committee to manage and maintain the infrastructure at both villages and formed a 15-man turtle monitoring team to regularly patrol the beaches at night.
UPDATE June 2008 - In the past year a few incidences of turtle 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 farming seasons. In spite of this challenge, nest monitoring continues. Seventeen Green or Hawksbill turtle nests were recorded in the second half of 2007, and eleven Olive Ridley turtle nests were recorded in early 2008.