• Charles Darwin University

    Rehabilitating Blue Carbon Habitats (RBCH) Program, Indonesia

    This project will ecologically rehabilitate aquaculture ponds (reforestation) back to mangrove habitats and avoid the on-going destruction of healthy mangroves (avoided deforestation). This will not only restore and protect the carbon sequestration capacity of mangrove habitats, but improve other ecosystem services such as water quality and biodiversity (including fisheries). The RBCH Program will also deliver other environmental services including food supply and provide livelihood options for coastal communities. This will necessitate strengthening the adaptive management capacity of various local and central government institutions and community groups responsible for the governance of natural resources.

    Local communities engaged in mangrove rehabilitation work, Tanakeke Island. Photo courtesy of Clint Cameron, Charles Darwin University

    Local communities engaged in mangrove rehabilitation work, Tanakeke Island. Photo © Ben Brown, Director/Founder Yayasan Hutan Biru- Blue Forests

    The RBCH Program’s overall aim is to develop a model for sustainable, integrated, and collaborative coastal management. This will address pressing regional issues related to food security, poverty alleviation, and ongoing habitat degradation while providing a template for wider uptake and replication in other regional localities. This will be achieved through implementation of a range of activities at the preliminary demonstration site of Tanjung Panjang, Sulawesi, under six interlinked themes:

    • Identifying, developing and diversifying and improving opportunities for sustainable livelihoods based on natural resources (including poor, marginalised and vulnerable groups such as women and landless ethnic groups) as a means of assisting with poverty alleviation;
    • Quantifying carbon sequestration from rehabilitated mangrove habitat and developing supplementary income streams through carbon credit financing
    • Restore disused tambak back to functioning mangrove ecosystems and training community members in rehabilitation and participatory assessment techniques;
    • Enhancing food security through training community members in FFFS methods and applying sustainable aquaculture techniques in practice (including cage culture trials);
    • Improving the capacity of communities and governments to collaboratively access, control and manage their coastal resources; and
    • Demonstrating the additional ecosystem service and biodiversity benefits derived from project activities.

    Mangrove extent Tanjung Panjang 1988-1991 (IUCN. 2010).

    Mangrove extent Tanjung Panjang 2009-2010 (IUCN. 2010).

    Contact Information:
    Clint Cameron, Research Associate/Program Development Lead
    Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
    Charles Darwin University
    +61 8 8946 6976