Marine protected areas (MPA) are essential governance solutions for the long-term conservation and management of natural ecosystems. However, despite being included in a MPA, mangrove forests around the Nias Island in Indonesia are degraded, and need restoration. Mangroves provide an important food source for local communities, and call for long term management, ensuring sustainable management and conservation efforts.

The BNC solution

This project, led by Konservasi Indonesia is aiming at developing a mixed management solution for MPAs, combining fisheries management, protected areas management and sustainable financing of marine protected areas. Local communities and authorities, in collaboration with Konservasi Indonesia, will be fully engaged in the conservation, restoration and monitoring activities, fuelling knowledge transfer and training of the local communities.

The project is integrated as part of the Blue Halo-S initiative, and the project leader is looking into ways to include blue carbon credits as an additional financing tool, mobilizing public and philanthropic funding to catalyse private investment in ocean conservation.

How BCAF supports this initiative

The BCAF funds will complement ongoing investment from the Indonesian Government on fisheries management and will help leverage blue carbon within the Blue Halo-S structure.


Location: Sawo Lahewa Marine Protected Area, Indonesia

BNC focus: Coastal conservation and Blue Carbon

Duration of funds: 36 months (2023 – 2025)

Project developer: Konservasi Indonesia (KI)

Impacts created



Mangrove forest conservation will ensure the long-term resilience of local ecosystems essential for marine life. The management of these marine protected areas will ensure long-term carbon capture to help mitigate and adapt to climate change.



The implementation of a management plan for fisheries and mangrove forest conservation in a financially sustainable approach will help providing long-term resilience of natural ecosystems and securing valuable renewable food sources for local communities.



Carbon credits and further financial tools developed in collaboration with local communities and authorities will lead to better financing structures around the management of their natural capital.

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