The Bahoi project is aimed at reinforcing and creating new community-related, protected marine areas
Location > Indonesia – North Sulawesi – North Minahasa District – Villages of Bahoi, Talise, Lihunu, Serei, Kinabuhutan and Kahuku
Project duration > 3 years
Start date > December 2013
Planned completion date > November 2016
Beneficiaries > 9,000 residents of the villages of Bahoi, Talise, Lihunu, Serei, Kinabuhutan and Kahuku
The province of North Sulawesi possesses some of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. The village of Bahoi, situated in the extreme north of Sulawesi, lives on the richness of its marine resources. Half the population of the village makes a living from fishing and the mangroves extend over nearly 10 hectares (30% of the total area). There are many coral reefs, which constitute one of the most important resources in the regional economy. Its biological richness means that the area is prized by tourists, particularly divers. It is therefore vital to ensure the proper management of the marine resources.
In this context, the project proposes improving the protection of the ecosystems by reinforcing, extending and creating protected marine areas in North Sulawesi using a participatory approach with the local communities:
- Improving the protection of mangroves and seagrass by replicating and revitalising the protected marine areas at Bahoi, Talise and Lihunu (80 hectares of mangroves and 115 hectares of seagrass).
- Introducing participatory monitoring of marine ecosystems and training community management teams.
- Extending the knowledge of local communities and involving local economic stakeholders and decision-makers to increase the level of regulation of the protected marine areas.
These protective measures will be introduced while taking account of the local socio-economic context and developing participatory approaches. This method will enable the gradual transfer of skills to the communities, enhancing the effectiveness and sustainability of the project. Finally, strengthening the ties with local decision-makers and economic stakeholders will unite people around the project and improve the resources and levels of regulation in the protected marine areas.
YAPEKA is an NGO formed in 2004, based in Bogor (Java) and specialising in the field of conservation and environmental education. Its goal is to develop green and sustainable activities using an environmental, economic and social approach. Within the framework of this project, Yapeka is working in partnership with a local Bahoi NGO (Celebio) and the University of Bogor (IPB). CELEBIO (Celebes Biodiversity) is an NGO based in Manado (North Sulawesi) which works in the field of conservation and natural resources. Celebio develops and implements activities in research, training, protection and community empowerment by developing and supporting long-term and sustainable activities.