Building with Nature Indonesia is a large scale flagship project aims at securing the severely eroding Northern Java’s delta coastlines. The Building with Nature measures in Demak will be embedded in community development plans, in a district level master plan and in provincial development plans and supported by intensive capacity building and knowledge transfer. With the setting of Demak district, Central Java, the project considers the following types of measures in its hardware plan:
• Coastal safety measures including:
1. Measures to restore the sediment balance of the coast: permeable dams to break the waves and to trap sediment; sand nourishment of the cheniers; mud nourishments behind the permeable dams, to speed up the sedimentation process;
2. Measures to restore the hydrological connectivity between the coast and the hinterland;
3. Measures to restore the mangrove ecosystem along the coast;
• Socio-economic measures to restore the economic situation for the local communities along the coast.
The coastal security measures will support the sustainable revitalization of 6000 ha of aquaculture ponds along a 20 km shoreline, which is, in turn, able to enhance safety, inclusive economic growth and self-reliance of 70.000 vulnerable people. While the socio-economic measures will be undertaken through Coastal Field School and Biorights approaches, targeting up to 300 local coastal folks with built capacity in sustainable aquaculture management and 300 ha aquaculture ponds under improved sustainable management.
BwN Indonesia project will be implemented under the leadership of EcoShape and a consortium of partners both based in Netherland and Indonesia including Wetlands International, Wetlands International Indonesia (WII), Wageningen University (WUR), UNESCO-IHE, Witteveen Bos, Deltares, Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine, Aquaculture and Fisheries (MMAF), Diponegoro University (UNDIP) and Blue Forests. In this project, Blue Forests will be particularly responsible for the implementation of the coastal field school program at the project site to train farmers in sustainable aquaculture measures. While the project runs from August 2015 through to 2020, Blue Forests involvement in the project will be limited for three years (2015-2018).