Siti Aminah

Ashoka Fellow
Indonesia,
Fellow Since 1998
Lembaga Amanah Gappa Samudra

Citation

This profile was prepared when Siti Aminah was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Siti is mobilizing women and children to halt shoreline erosion by introducing comprehensive community-based management of local mangrove resources. She is gaining support in an area that is traditionally hostile to such conservation efforts. Not only has her project improved the environmental condition of areas of shoreline, but it has also served as an income-generating project for the women of local villages.Siti has also gained the vital support of local fishermen, and in order to sustain her project, she is making arrangements with them to contribute to a fund that would support the replanting of mangroves along the coastline. This replanting is in the fishermen's best interest because it increases the available fish resources. It also has the added effects of decreasing erosion and flooding.She is currently working to expand her project to the vast coastal areas throughout Indonesia by raising awareness and training local women to undertake similar projects in other areas.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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