Mangrove revegetation site, Torsiaje, Pohuwato District, Gorontalo © MFF IUCN, 2015
To improve sustainable mangrove area through mangrove rehabilitation and to improve women’s groups livelihood through mangrove-based food production
The mangrove ecosystems of Torosiaje cluster (Torosiaje, Torosiaje Jaya and Bumi Bahari villages) are mostly associated with sea grass and coral reef, with long frequent inundation.
Based on the quantified spatial analyses, the Torosiaje cluster has a total of 402.62 ha mangrove areas, divided into mangrove forest (181.80 ha) and potential mangrove areas/open area (220.82 ha). The potential mangrove areas defined as open areas which ecologically has potential for mangrove growth, and then added by feasibility variable and considering social aspect as well as spatial plan.
Based on the total areas, it is clear that the mangrove forest has less areas than the non-forested areas. This indicates changes of land cover and land use in the cluster villages. The satellite imagery shows that most of the mangrove areas in Torosiaje Jaya village has been converted into fish ponds.
Threats to mangrove ecosystem are closely linked to direct interaction of local community to the mangrove areas. It is indicated that land conversion for fish ponds and fire-woods collection for domestic uses are considered as two main threats for mangrove forests in this area. On the other hand, the human transportation by engine boat often destruct newly planted mangrove seedlings.
300 village residents and 10 members of the women's group in Torosiaje.
- Disaster risk reduction
95,000 mangrove seedlings were planted to rehabilitate 7 ha of mangrove area.
- Gender equality
5 women’s groups from 3 villages (a total of 50 households) received training on food production from mangrove (5 kinds of mangrove-based products). The women's groups had produced around 10,400 boxes of mangrove-based food products valued for almost IDR 5 million. The products were marketed locally. A health certificate had been received from local Health Office. However, the quality and quantity of the products still needed improving. Both women and men actively engaged in both restoration and livelihood activities.
- Knowledge management and communications
Leaflets containing products made by women’s groups were distributed to local government offices in Pohuwato and Gorontalo University members.
Torsiaje, Pohuwato District, Gorontalo
6th May 2014 to 5th May 2015
Pusat Kajian Ekologi Pesisir berbasis Kearifan Lokal (PKEPKL) - Jurusan Biologi - UNG
Gedung N. ruang1.10, Kampus UNG.
Jalan Jend. Sudirman No. 6 Kota Gorontalo-96128
Contact person: Prof. Ramli Utina (Head of PKEPKL)