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Demonstration of Community-based Mgt of Seagrass Habitats in Trikora Beach East Bintan, Riau Archipelago Province, Indonesia - Results

GEF IDS: 3188



Information sources
GEF4 IW Tracking Tool (2010), GEF5 Tracking Tool (2012), UNEP Terminal Evaluation (2012)

Key Basin Project Results

Catalytic Impacts
There is strong support from the villagers and from government agencies that will likely sustain the management of seagrass meadows in East Bintan. The management regulations emanate from national laws and they are supported by District Officials. The National Government and the District Government of Bintan have allocated some amount for supporting the seagrass sanctuaries (e.g., for markers, buoys, monitoring parameters in the sanctuaries with partners). There is tremendous public support for the conservation of seagrass meadows (evident in signs, adoption of dugong – a marine mammal feeding on seagrasses – as the icon for Bintan District, local poetry).

Results data
Restored habitat, including wetlands
Year: N/A - Value: 2600 ha
about 2,600 ha of seagrass areas conserved. the East Bintan coast covering areas of + 2,600 ha is declared as conservation areas, within which 5 seagrass sanctuaries in 4 villages. Each of the seagrass sanctuaries is protected under a village decree signed by the Head of the Village. To create an environment for sustainable economic activities in the project demonstration areas, knowledge and skill development programs for implementing alternative income generation have been provided for participating communities in the seagrass conservation areas.
Conserved/protected wetland, MPAs, and fish refugia habitat
Year: N/A - Value: [see desc]
Demonstration on a set of interventions to stress reduction measures effective at a regionally significant sea grass habitat in Bintan through establishment of appropriate institutional arrangements to ensure a wide range of relevant stakeholder participating in decision making; increased awareness and improved management capacity support for the importance of seagrass habitats and associated ecosystems; and implementation of environment for sustainable economic activities such as sustainable tourism and other types of alternative income generation options for local communities.
By the end of 2010, about 2 hectares of seagrass area from each villages in Malang Rapat and Berakit villages to be designated as the future location of seagrass sanctuaries - area of uncontrolled soil/sand mining on land and seabed reduced by 50 %; amount of solid waste littered on the beach reduced by 20 %; Number of destructive fishing reduced at least by 50 %; and at least one community-based seagrass sanctuary established by each of three selected villages.
Alternative livelihoods introduced
Year: N/A - Value: 50 people
more than 50 people in 4 coastal villages provided alternative livelihoods
Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks
Year: N/A - Value: NAP
The East Bintan Collaborative Management Board (EBCoMBo) was established in early 2008 and is composed of a broad range of stakeholders (Government agencies, industry, villagers, academicians, and scientists). The Board decided to revise the meetings’ frequency from quarterly to semi-annual (every 6 month), as few substantive matters arose for review and decision-making at that frequency. The Board reviewed and adopted the East Bintan Coastal Resources Management Plan (EBCRMP), the Eastern Coastal Area of Bintan Zoning Plan, and East Bintan Plan for Sustainable Tourism Plan (EBSTP, also mentioned under Component 3). Ecological and socio-economic studies and legal reviews were conducted and results were useful. The Community-based Seagrass Management Plan (CSMP) was passed, and Community Management Groups were formed in Teluk Bakau, Malang and Berakit Villages, adjacent to the selected sites, by local decrees to implement the management plan.