Island news from Indonesia and India
In the last few weeks we have had quite a few updates from Seacology's field representatives and project contacts on islands throughout the world. Here are a couple of updates from projects in Indonesia and India.
In Indonesia, Seacology field representative Arnaz Mehta notes that Seacology's project in Waigeo, Raja Ampat, is moving along smoothly. In exchange for a nine village agreement to establish a 123,553-acre marine protected area within the Mayalibit Bay, Seacology is providing a series of infrastructure improvements including constructing public washrooms, walking paths, and solar cell electricity for lighting so that children can study in the evening.
The washrooms are now 85% complete (right: public toilet and washroom in Warsamdin Village) and paths at four of the villages are in various stages of completion (above left: the walkway in Kabilol Village). Solar lights at Araway were originally expected to only be available for installation at a public community area but the project leaders were able to purchase 12 lamps that could be installed in each of the 12 houses of the village. 2008 work will continue footpaths at two more villages and solar power at one more village.
In India, our friends at Jeevan Rekha Parishad sent us a final report of the project with Seacology at Chilika Lake, Orissa, India. The project began in 2006 with construction of 170 public toilets for each household in the Kayabart community on Mainsh Island. All 170 toilets are now installed, improving the quality of life and health for the 1,000 person community and the Chilka ecosystem. The village has set up a mart to construct components of the facilities for neighboring villages as a source of income. The villagers also planted 31,000 mangrove seedlings between December 2006 and July 2007 on a three-acre land spit into the lagoon. 90% of all the plants have survived as of November 2007. Villagers are now selling mangrove seeds to the forest department as a source of income to maintain a mangrove nursery and the village plantings.