The Dugong & Seagrass Conservation Project have produced a film showcasing the community-based conservation work of Blue Ventures and Conservation International in Timor-Leste.
The power to preserve sea grass and dugong habitats is being put into the hands of those who know them best: local communities. The government of Timor-Leste in partnership with Conservation International and Blue Ventures is pairing scientific research and training with traditional knowledge and direct local action.
The film interviews three members of the Beloi community on Atauro Island, where Blue Ventures is based. Afonso, Estevão and Meriam are from fishing families who have seen their catch and income decreasing in recent years. They have all become hosts with the Atauro Homestay Association as an alternative livelihood.
“My family relies on the fish I catch to eat… it was getting very difficult to provide for my family. Operating a homestay has now doubled my income.” – Estevão Marques
Watch the film below:
Read more about the Atauro Homestay Assocation
Visit Timor-Leste as a marine conservation volunteer