Island Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women

Committed to launching three new projects over a period of three years, Seacology commits to incentivize island communities to protect local terrestrial or marine ecosystem, by supporting women's economic development initiatives in exchange for creating no-take indigenous community conserved areas (ICCAs).

Island Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women

Seacology commits to launching three new projects over a three year period to engage island communities in regions of biological significance, leading to agreements supporting women's economic development initiatives in exchange for creating no-take indigenous community conserved areas (ICCAs). With its initial project on Sumba Island, villagers use kerosene lamps at night so women can weave (for economic gain) and the students to study. However, since cash is required to purchase kerosene, money is obtained by selling firewood from the National Park. A reliable and effective solar power system using LED bulbs that double as portable lamps is being used by two homes in the village, but obtaining this system is cost prohibitive for the other 64 households in the village. Endangered, the forest contains thick stands of rare sandalwood and is the last remaining habitat for a number of different endemic species. But the people of the remote Lahona Enclave have lived in the area long before the establishment of the National Park.

Seacology commits to provide village-wide solar power in return for the community's commitment to protect 14,826 acres of forest as a "no-take" zone for a minimum period of 10 years. Village leaders will enforce the conservation agreement with traditional village sanctions (such as the payment of fines with pigs) and will facilitate the planting of timber and fruit trees on village land to increase self-sufficiency. The hand-woven fabrics from Hupamada Village will be distributed through public market sales in several locations throughout the district, as well as via sales organized through the Community Society Organization arm of the PACT Sumba Foundation. Seacology will identify two additional projects. Once agreements have been finalized, Seacology will implement the requested development initiatives, providing oversight using a rigorous verification process to ensure funds are being used effectively.

Partners

  • Seacology

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Seacology is a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Berkeley, California that focuses on preserving island ecosystems and cultures around the world. Founded in 1991, it began with...

  • Global Energi Sistem

    Goods Supplier
    Indonesia | Staff size: Unknown

    Global Energy Systems (GES) is a company engaged in the field of Renewable Energy by providing, assembling, and selling Solar Power and Wind Power including Solar Panels, LED Street Lighting,...

  • Aneka Surya

    Goods Supplier
    Indonesia | Staff size: Unknown

    Aneka Surya is a specialized company that handles and supplies instruments in the field of renewable energy – from solar power to wind power instruments. Since its inception in 2000, Aneka...

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Key Information

LocationIndonesia, East Asia and Pacific
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 150 Thousand
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