The dugong is the only species of Sirenian in Indonesia and is a vital seagrass pollinator in its marine environment. Yet, small-scale fishing and bycatching threaten the species and its entire ecosystem.
Support for this project will help Tamang Dugong Indonesia start a pilot research program in Pantar Island, a dugong habitat and fishing area, to collect data on dugongs, seagrass, and other megafauna. This first-of-its-kind local study will promote sustainable use and habitat preservation for dugongs and seagrass and analyze carbon sequestration for climate change mitigation.
Additionally, the project emphasizes women-led conservation and comprehensive education efforts, including awareness materials, tourism management, and collaboration to support a blue economy, ensuring the protection of a vital marine migration corridor in this island nation.