Blue Life programs Mantanani
Blue Life’ activities focus on supplementary or alternative livelihood opportunities for local community on tropica islands and protection of environment, particular the management of water resources.
The overall economic and culture dependency from fishery is a critical obstacle for the future development of the coastal communities such as Mantanani Islands. To many fishers looking out for a catch, unsustainable fishing methods of the past and general overuse of fish stocks without enough care for recreation contributes to a drastic depletion of the productivity of coral reefs.
On the other hand, there are no other reliable income alternatives for the local communities. Traditions and deep-rooted cultural behaviors are factors in creating serious barriers for development and change.
Socio-economic Assessment and the Mantanani Master Plan Mantanani Development,Blue Life addressed economic, environmental and social issues in building sustainable future livelihood conditions for fisherfolk communities in three identified project sites on Sabah coastline. Goal of the plan was the participatory development of conservation strategies for the ecological high valuable breeding grounds around Mantanani Islands and the coastline. Households from Mantanani’s Kampung Padang underwent the registration process for the Malaysian Homestay Program. The renovation of village houses by Antipodeans Group, Australia brought enormous awareness to this income opportunity within the village.
Training within a project, supported By Shell Malaysia an the pending application for governmental license form now 15 houses reflects the community’s interest in terms of new approaches in tourism activities on Mantanani. The increasing number of tourists, visiting the small island will not longer stay in the resorts places but have the opportunity to live together with their hosts in their houses and to enjoy the local lifestyle
Blue Life members were leading the development patiently and supported the participation in the program, in training programs e.g. in Kinabatang , in cooking courses, discussion groups and with guidance for improvement of the houses marketing and booking. All activities were performed l in closed collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment of Sabah. Blue Life is continuously trying to secure funding and volunteers to support the homestay development particular marketing, transportation and activity development.
Blue Life built a greenhouse on Mantanani island with the goal to establish a plant nursery and to deliver fresh vegetables tothe community and tourist resorts on Mantanani. The greenhouse will bring alternative income sources and opportunities for agrotourism and volunteers work. Aquaculture and hydroponic (aquaponic) as well as the use of different sources for the fresh and seawater in a re-circulated way are part of the multi-trophic character where different resources and nutrients involving specific levels of the same food chain. The Join Venture with community members will result in the ‘Mantanani Island Gardens’ enterprise, to provide job opportunities including the supply of starter gardening kits for interested Mantanani home gardens.
Supply of high valuable drinking water to the community on Mantanani Islands is the main concern of this project. H2O is supplying drink water from tap for free to the community and bottled drinking water for the school and villagers and tourism operators on the island.
H2O started with examination of the water quality situation. Fifty wells in the village were examined and water samples taken for analysis to detect and showed the degree of widespread bacterial contamination in the groundwater .Within the school ground the structure of the water station was built by 23 volunteer employees hailing from six Southeast Asian countries. They worked with local island volunteers for a strenuous week to complete the water station under the guidance of Blue Life and EcoKnights.
Until now, the sand filter unit, newly-dugged wells, potable water storage tanks and the water station was be established. The project generates jobs for locals who are be responsible for cleaning, storing, filling and maintaining the sand filtration system. Potable water is bottled to minimized waste, indirectly preventing the over usage of water-borne diseases and the other related health problems.