Mangrove forests are important for local communities’ livelihoods, as they provide breeding grounds for fish and other marine biota. They also provide protection against extreme weather phenomena.
This project implemented by JAPESDA will increase local people’s awareness on the importance of mangroves, restore mangrove forest in two villages and provide fishermen's and women’s associations guidance in diversifying their livelihoods for instance by producing shredded fish and mangrove snacks, as well as in marketing their products and obtaining a fair price for them.
As the result of the project, the quality of the mangrove ecosystem in the area will improve through restoration and sustainable management, contributing to the over 3 000 hectares of mangrove forest found in the two villages. Fishermen's and women’s income and livelihoods will improve. The project will benefit directly approximately 40 members of the fisherfolk groups and a total of 2 566 inhabitants of the two villages: Torosiaje Jaya and Siduwonge in the Pohuwato area, Gorontalo province, in North Sulawesi.
Mangrove forests restore carbon three fold compared to ordinary rainforests. Two thirds of the approximately 24,000 hectares of mangroves in Gorontalo have been severely affected by logging, especially for the construction of fish ponds, and the local government is unable to monitor the compliance of its conservation regulation.
Villagers have previously cut forests because of poverty, and they are not able to prevent external loggers from coming to the area. The project is implemented by a local NGO called Jaring Advocacy Pengelola Sumberdaya Alam (JAPESDA).
JAPESDA ("Advocacy Network Natural Resources Management") was founded in Gorontalo, Northern Sulawesi in 2001 by eight environmental organizations, but later-on its membership became individual based. JAPESDA's objective is to support the sovereignty of natural resources management to promote people's well-being. It has done active advocacy on human rights, gender equality and natural resource management, research on natural resource management, as well as organized trainings.
EXPECTED OUTCOME & OUTPUT
1. Increased quality of mangrove-ecosystem through restoration and management:
4 hectares of restored mangrove forest in two villages, increased environmental awereness and restoration- and management capacity amongst local communities
2. Increased income for fishers through development of fish production, refining and marketing:
Two groups of fishers trained in fishing and fish farming, fish refining and marketing. Two education farms for fish farming and refining set up.