On the island of Sulawesi, Naturevolution is working to protect the last vast expanse of primary forest on the island, as well as an archipelago of small islands that are home to the rich marine life of the Coral Triangle.
The karsts of North Sulawesi Tenggara
Sulawesi Tenggara (South-East Sulawesi) is considered one of the last wilderness areas of Sulawesi, containing about 700,000 hectares of largely intact forest. The adjacent Matarape Bay is home to some of the richest coral reefs in our oceans.
The biodiversity of Sulawesi
Sulawesi is a hotspot of biodiversity. Its forests, mangroves and coral reefs are home to species that exist nowhere else and are in danger of extinction.
The karsts of North Sulawesi Tenggara are almost a textbook case of the threats to biodiversity: deforestation, illegal fishing, mining, plastic pollution and invasive species, it’s all there!
Our projects in Sulawesi Tenggara
We have been running two initial projects since 2018 to preserve the marine ecosystems of Matarape Bay. Refuse Plastic focuses on waste management and recycling, while Rainforest of the Sea targets threats to coral reefs.
Supporting the preservation of Sulawesi Tenggara
Our local partners
Naturevolution partners with local organizations to carry out its projects. On the protection of coral reefs, we work with Toli Toli Giant Clam Conservation, a marine conservation organization that has been involved locally for about ten years. Concerning the Matarombeo massif, we have initiated a collaboration with the association Komunitas Teras. Finally, in late 2019, we created Naturevolution Indonesia which now carries all of oour projects including our Refuse Plastic project.
After a first exploration in 2012, Evrard Wendenbaum led a preliminary scientific expedition in 2014 to the foothills of the Matarombeo massif. We plan to conduct a new series of expeditions in this region to justify our proposal for a protected area.