Green Coast Project in Indonesia

The earthquake and tsunami catastrophe which hit Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and Nias Province on December 26, 2004 caused extensive damage. The damage has not only been physical; the disaster has created a traumatic and impoverished society, and has altered the environment as well.

Coastal areas became a focus for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities, as these areas suffered the greatest damage; for example 70 percent of the small-scale fishing fleet has been destroyed. In addition there have been severe impacts on the other means of livelihoods such as aquaculture, agriculture and small enterprises. A wide range of rehabilitation activities have been conducted by NGOs as part of their livelihood programme.

Livelihood and ecosystem

In addressing these issues, Green Coast provided a unique combination of approaches: livelihood recovery through ecosystem restoration. The project has three main components:

1. Assessment of the potential for ecological restoration to contribute to livelihood recovery.
2.Science-based policy and communications.
3.A small grants facility to demonstrate the win-win solutions.

The project has been implemented as a collaboration between the Wetlands International Indonesia Program (WIIP) and WWF-Indonesia with advice from GEF-Small Grants Programme

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