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Planting 240,500 Trees to Improve the Environment

The Lampageu Area, Aceh Province, Indonesia, is still struggling the after effects of the 2004 tsunami. All of the mangroves were lost, resulting in the loss of habitat for small fish, which in turn has reduced food and income for the villagers. There is no shade from trees for locals and seawater now comes onto the land making it impossible to grow crops. There are some main considerations why ours intervention is needed: (1) More than 1000 hectares of Lampageu Area territories have turned to sea as the result of tsunami disaster since the last twelve years. The mangroves cannot longer be found at the nearer of Lampageu areas and causes 87% of the villagers lose their source of income. (2) There are 2038 heads of household who work as farmers and 2473 villager women are no longer able to catch oyster, shrimp, conch, shell, crab, and small fish, meaning that they have lost their livelihood. (3) The intrusion of seawater to the land happens continually. (4) nowadays, there is a dramatic increase of indoor air temperature and it reaches 29°C – 42°C. (5) There are many cases of infant mortality because of dehydration, high temperature, and heat of the sun. Ours intervention aims to address some of these issues to improving the sustainable livelihoods by reforestation mangrove on 53,6 hectares of land (about 536,600 square meters) with 238.900 of mangrove seedlings and 1600 fruit tree planting in the Lampageu Area, which is preserved well. There are 40 people will be trained by an expert in mangrove establishment and care, and will in turn supervise 320 families involved in the project. The community has offered up their own private lands in tidal areas to become community land planted with mangroves. Further inland, fruit trees will be planted as a source of income for women villagers. Singaporeans, please take a vacation here 5 years later to enjoy the mangrove forest, and we are happy to entertain you unpaid in the shade of mangroves.

Funded by Singapore (June 2017)