Pulau Bangkaru is an uninhabited island off the Southwest coast of Aceh. It boasts one of the world’s leading nesting sites for the green (Endangered) and leatherback (Critically Endangered) turtles. Pulau Bangkaru is also the last island in Indonesia with intact primary rainforest.
Key program outputs include daily patrolling of the turtle-nesting beach to:
- Clean up rubbish that could deter turtles from coming ashore to nest
- Discourage turtle egg poachers and illegal loggers
- Collect data on turtle populations to monitor program success and inform marine conservation policy
The program also supports the government of Aceh to manage tourism activities at Pulau Bangkaru for the benefit of local communities and biodiversity conservation.