Indonesia is pursuing a policy of eco-friendly sustainable tourism. It is also trying to undo the damage caused to coastal areas of Java by a tsunami in 2006. The two aims come together in a mangrove reforestation and coral reef seeding project near the resort of Pangandaran. It is organised by an NGO called INDECON and funded by Germany.
Local people have already planted 35,000 young mangrove plants along the coast. School children monitor their growth and learn to care about the environment. Mangroves protect the shoreline from poweful waves and provide shelter for fish. Coral reefs also sustain many forms of life and help protect the shoreline.