Replanting mangroves in the abandoned shrimp ponds

Our work in Java, Indonesia

Wetlands International supports the Mitra Bahari Community Group (in Pemalang) and Nature Lover Community Group at Pulau Dua (in Banten Bay) to take various efforts to demonstrate environmental friendly livelihood activities, promote integrated coastal zone management and address Climate Change mitigation and adaptation.

Biogrights: microfinance & environment

The Bio-Rights microfinance for environmental services is implemented in the two sites. Through the bio-Rights, abandoned shrimp rehabilitation and livelihood activities run complementary. A revolving fund provides group members the opportunity to run economic activities for income generation. As a consequence, beneficiaries are obligated to plant and nurture certain amount of trees in pond area. 

The financial support is used by group members as working capital to run the “silvofishery practice”. In Pemalang, the group grew milkfish and seaweed (as main commodity) and planted mangrove in the same pond.  

Institutional capacity building

We build institutional capacity on mangroves in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation at provincial or district levels (central Java and Serang) through the establishment of districts or provincials’ task forces.

Replanting activities

In the two areas, we have already successfully planted 86,600 seedlings divided into 75,400 mangrove seedlings and 5,200 beach plants. This has even surpassed the targeted value of 74,000 seedlings. Based on monitoring, the survival rate of planting mangrove is very high, ranging from 70%-98%.

Trap wild shrimp

By using traditional devices (locally known as Bubu) and applying simple techniques, pond farmers regularly manage to trap wild shrimp from their pond. It has significantly provided them additional income.