Mangrove ecosystem at Lemito subdistrict, Lemito subdistrict, Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo © MFF IUCN
To improve the effectiveness and sustainability of coastal management (mangrove and coral reef ecosystem) and to improve coastal-dependent community livelihood
Lemito sub-district situated in Tomini Bay has the richest marine biodiversity compared to any other regions in the coral triangle. Therefore, this area is considered to be the heart of coral triangle and "center of diversity." Besides the high diversity of coral reefs, the reef fish in Tomini Bay are also enormously diverse. Moreover, Tomini Bay is the home for several endemic species such as Banggai Cardinal Fish (BCF) and provides migratory route for some species with high economic value. Waters of Lemito sub district are ideal place for mariculture, one of which is seaweed culture. Mangrove forests stretching along the coastal areas can also be found in Lemito District.
However, some recent reports suggest that mangrove cover in Lemito District has been significantly reduced due to destructive fishing practices and land conversion. Local communities explained that the destructive fishing practices have been started since 1990s that not only severely damage coral reefs but also also significantly reduce fish populations. In addition, land conversion into fish or shrimp ponds leads to loss of mangroves over years.
The lack of regulations and management measures as well as poor law enforcement in waters and coastal areas of Lemito indicates the need for local communities to actively engage in monitoring the utilization of marine, coastal and other natural resources. Therefore, capacity building program is crucial for the local communities to ensure their involvement in monitoring program, and collaboration between local communities and government is essential for sustainable management of resources in this region.
Residents of Lemito subdistrict.
- Knowledge management and communications
Publication materials developed and disseminated during the project period include: videos (displayed on national television channels), posters, banners, backdrop, articles, press release, etc.
Lemito subdistrict, Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo
6th May 2014 to 5th May 2015
Destructive Fishing Watch Indonesia (DFW)
SME Tower Building, Level 10.
Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto Kav. 94.
Jakarta Selatan- Indonesia – 12780.
Contact person: Mr AY Fauzan, Programmme Coordinator
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