Mr Ayahanda (far left), head of Mootilango village, is being ... , Mootilango village, Pohuwato, Gorontalo © MFF IUCN, 2014
To promote the best practices of community mangrove management and to improve coastal community awareness on the importance of coastal ecosystem for their livelihood
Mootilango village depends heavily on the surrounding mangrove forest for their daily subsistence and livelihood. The village is located within a conservation forest zone. The government has approved 50 hectares of that zone for settlement by 50 households. The government provides land use certificates to households that allows mangrove conversion into aquaculture ponds. However, since pond productivity decreased over time, rights to use the ponds were "sold" to other people. Ponds that are unproductive were often abandoned and left unused.
East Pohuwato Village is being identified as a tourist destination popular for "mangrove cafes", or restaurants inside a mangrove forest. However, the uncontrolled conversion of mangrove forests for commercial purposes is a threat to the ecosystem.
The project will directly benefit villagers in Mootilango and East Pohuwato.
- Climate change and disaster risk reduction
31,000 mangrove seedlings were planted with 69% growth rate to rehabilitate 3ha mangrove area. This will reduced risks to ecosystem health from land conversion into ponds.
- Knowledge management and communications
MFF bulletin was regularly (every 2 months) developed and distributed to local government, NGOs, university and CBOs in Tomini Bay. Documentary film was made and displayed on local and national events.
Mootilango village, Duhiadaa district, Pohuwato Regency, and East Pohuwato Village, Marisa District, Gorontalo Regency
6th May 2014 to 5th May 2015
Aliansi Jurnalis Independent (AJI) Kota Gorontalo
Jln Durian 19, Kelurahan Huangobotu, Kecamatan Dungingi,
Contact person: Rivon Paino (Field Facilitator)
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