Ecoton (Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation)
active in the following countries
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Ecoton and Both ENDS work together on participatory and integrated water management and eco-restoration in the Brantas basin. Pupils, students, villagers and businesses along the river are involved in monitoring the water quality, cleaning the river and ensuring that the local government takes its responsibility to keep the river clean. The most recent implementation of this is the Fish Sanctuary Area (FSA) which Ecoton created in 2014, along with local businesses, schools and the local government of four villages along the river. The FSA helps with the recovery of the fish stocks and other ecological functions of the river and serves as a unique learning place for anyone who wants to know how the Brantas river could look without pollution.
added value of partnership
Both ENDS brings ECOTON in contact with Dutch and other European companies working in the Brantas basin that have a progressive sustainability agenda. In addition, exchanges are facilitated with other organisations in Indonesia, Peru and Africa that engaged in the 'negotiated approach' - a way to strengthen local communities in integrated water management. One of the staff members of Ecoton has finished a training and conducted research with the aid of a JWHI-scholarship. This fund, which enables future leaders to follow trainings, is managed by Both ENDS.
A Negotiated Approach envisages the meaningful and long-term participation of communities in all aspects of managing the water and other natural resources on which their lives depend. It seeks to achieve healthy ecosystems and equitable sharing of benefits among all stakeholders within a river basin.
A protected nature reserve, better waste processing, restricted mining and participation of local residents in water management: these are the results of eight years of working on a Negotiated Approach to integrated water management in five river basins in Indonesia.
External link / 19 June 2020
In 2019, women from Semanga, Indonesia took action to improve the water quality in their community affected by palm oil. "The pollution needs to be stopped somewhere and it can start with me."
Blog / 21 January 2020By Michael Rice
Photo Blog - Like many communities in Indonesia, life in Semanga Village, West Kalimantan, revolves around a river. The 90 or so houses follow the curving bank of the Sambas River, each with a path down to a small pontoon where fishing traps and baskets are stacked and boats are tied.
News / 2 July 2019
The water quality of East Java's largest river, the Brantas River, is increasingly deteriorating due to a combination of industrial and household waste. This environmental pollution has a disproportionate impact on women. Yet, their participation in decision-making remains lacking. ECOTON is working to improve the situation.
Blog / 5 October 2018
From the first moment I arrive in Surabaya, I enter the rollercoaster called ECOTON. I'm visiting them to get to know the work of this long-time Both ENDS partner, and have only three days for this. But ECOTON does a lot, and all of it at the same time. Tirelessly, they work on the protection of the Brantas River.
Publication / 19 April 2016