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.
|Location||Indonesia, East Asia and Pacific|
|Value||USD 150 Thousand|