Kalimantan Mangrove Shrimp Project

Implemented in Indonesia by Blueyou


Selva Shrimp® is a proven approach to aquaculture that combines small-scale farming with active nature conservation, thereby creating climate-resilient livelihoods for local communities while reviving heavily degraded ecosystems. The basis of Selva Shrimp® is that through a combination of improved farming methods and the reforestation of mangroves, profitability and ecological value can be improved. This results in lower input costs and higher revenues for farmers who will have better access to international sustainable seafood markets. The shift to long-term sustainable methods that increases large areas of mangrove coverage also presents an opportunity to establish carbon credit financing schemes. Together, these interventions form the basis for a solid business plan to accelerate private sector investment in creating a scalable investment-ready mangrove restoration project that benefits multiple local and regional actors while addressing local adaptation challenges.

Project start date: December 2022

Duration: 15 months

Cohort: 1st (April 2021 cutoff)

Award: US$250,000

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Project Status

As of July 2023, eight partner farmers have joined the program, contributing 103 hectares of shrimp ponds. Around 10,000 mangrove propagules have already been planted on the ponds, and 12,000 mangrove saplings are being prepared to be planted within the next weeks. Once planted the small mangroves will be monitored monthly for the first two years after reforestation and dead mangroves will be replaced. The team is gathering baseline data on shrimp and fish harvest, and environmental and social parameters. Some ponds that have been in the program since the start are showing good mangrove growth and above-average survival rate of the young mangrove saplings, indicating that the chosen reforestation methodology and mangrove species are well suited for mangrove integrated aquaculture systems.    

Currently, the KMSPs main target is to develop suitable upscaling models which will allow the program to scale from the 100ha pilot phase to a total of 5000ha of project area by 2030.  

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