Seacology Updates - February 2014
Freshwater well dug on Kenya's Kiwayu Island
In January, workers finished installing a well on Kiwayu Island, helping its 4,000 residents get easier access to freshwater
. Since the photo above was taken, workers also sealed the top and installed a water pump.
The well is just one part of a project to help protect sea turtle habitat around Kiwayu, located off the Kenyan coast near the Somalia border. We’re also funding the construction of an office and additional bandas (traditional huts) to help the local Beach Management Unit protect the island’s coastal habitats, including sea turtle nesting sites.
Kiwayu Island is a popular spot for several types of sea turtles. Three species (green, hawksbill, and olive ridley) come to shore each year to lay eggs, while others (loggerhead and leatherback) visit its rich coral reef ecosystems to feed. The loggerhead, green, and hawksbill sea turtles are considered endangered species.
Upgrades bring freshwater to Indonesian village
Last month, one of our field reps in Indonesia trekked into northern Sulawesi to visit Teling, a hillside village of farmers and fishermen. He wanted to check on the village’s freshwater system we helped overhaul several years ago, and found that the infrastructure of PVC pipes and water tanks is still working, providing reliable running water to almost all 250 households in the village.
It wasn’t always so easy to get freshwater in Teling. A system built in the 1990s piped in water from a small river more than four miles away, but over the years the village exhausted its financial resources replacing sections of deteriorating pipe and couldn’t afford to install the additional water holding tanks they needed.
In 2005, we agreed to fund the necessary upgrades, and in exchange, Teling villagers created a 250-acre no-take forest reserve. Home of the endemic crested black macaques and the Sulawesi red-knobbed hornbills, the protected area connects with reserves created by neighboring villages Kumu and Poopoh. Together these reserves amount to one continuous 874-acre protected forest.
Seacology in the News
Last weekend, Seacology's Executive Director Duane Silverstein appeared on the syndicated travel radio show Rudy Maxa's World to talk about the threats facing islands and to discuss our upcoming expedition to Kenya. Listen to the interview here! (Duane appears around the 23:51 mark.)
Aug 16 - 23, 2014
Travel with Seacology and the National Aquarium to stay at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort on Vanua Levu. Visit two Seacology project in nearby villages. View the trip brochure (pdf) for more information.
July 25 - Aug 3, 2014
Join Seacology for an eco-safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Visit Seacology’s mangrove restoration project on Wasini Island. View the trip brochure (pdf) for more information.