In Site Awareness
Yagasu conducted awareness programs using local cultural and tradition as a basis for education components for religious schools, women group and villagers. The attitude of local stakeholders to local's species and forest conservation will be addressed using local wisdom. Changing local people attitudes was also be part of the campaign through informing the multiple values and benefits of mangrove ecosystem and intact forests including values of watershed services and prevention of natural disasters that frequently occurred in Aceh and North Sumatra.
The awareness programs and activities have showed an increase of appreciation and respect of local communities to their village issues on natural risk reduction due to direct participation on project implementation. The local people have realized that avoiding mangrove degradation and deforestation will give positive impacts such as improving their sustainable economic needs, creating new jobs and reducing risks of natural disaster/tsunami. It also improved of political-will of village, sub-district and district governments on how to manage the natural resources in the villages in sustainable ways through their legal commitments on VLP, MPA and VR.