North Sulawesi Province with 15,272 km2 of area and 1,837 km of coastline, is one of the richest in natural marine and coastal resources. North Sulawesi also known as the heart of Coral Triangle, which have the highest coral reef biodiversity, large area of mangrove and sea grass habitat. The marine conservation area in North Sulawesi includes Marine Protected Area and Mangrove Protected area in 26 villages, Bunaken National Park, MPAs in North Minahasa, Bitung and Sangihe Regency.
The objective of our work in North Sulawesi is to reduce the follwong threats to biodiversity in this province, as follows:
- Mangrove area conversion for coastal development and aquaculture
- Coastal and marine pollution from land
- Lack of capacity to manage marine and coastal resources
- Destructive fishing practices using blast fishing and cyanide
- Poor law enforcement related with destructive fishing activities
- Unsustainable fishing due to lack of fisheries management
- Extraction of protected and threatened species
What We Do
We started our program in North Sulawesi in 2009 by assisting local community and government to improve MPA management in North Minahasa. In North Sulawesi we have been working to:
a. improve capacity of community-based MPA in North Minahasa and Sitaro Regency,
b. assist the establishment of MPAs in North Minahasa and Bitung Regency,
c. assist the marine spatial planning process through providing data and technical assistance,
d. assist the transfer MPA management authority from regency to provincial government as mandated by Law No.23/2014, and
e. assist the establishment of MPA management institution at provincial level.