Alliance for Tompotika Conservation — Indonesia (2014)

The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo), located in East Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, has worked with local communities since 2006 as it sponsors field-based conservation programs and awareness and outreach programs in local schools that work toward the conservation of the maleo bird and sea turtles.

Recognizing the power of the arts as an effective medium for public education and outreach, AlTo will use the 2014 SWOT grant to produce the first traveling Tompotika Sea Turtle and Maleo Festival. This festival builds off a 2014 youth project with local high school students. It addresses a critical need for outreach to adults and members of the Tompotika public who live in rural areas, and it will carry a strong anti-poaching and conservation message to their communities.