Komunitas Nelayan Tomia (KOMUNTO, Fishing Community of Tomia)

The Komunitas Nelayan Tomia (KOMUNTO, Fishing Community of Tomia) is a community-based organization composed of representatives of fishers' groups from East Tomia, Indonesia. The organization was established in response to shared community concerns regarding foreign commercial fishing, the use of destructive fishing methods, and a vacuum in local government leadership on the sustainable management of Wakatobi natural resources.

The initiative encourages the local management of natural resources to improve community wellbeing. It has promoted local participation in zoning and spatial planning of Wakatobi National Park, and established three protected areas around the island of Tomia to allow fish stocks to regenerate. Financial contribution from members fund savings and loan services and support for members with in times of need.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2010

Founded: 2006

Location: Tomia, Wakatobi Archipelago

Beneficiaries: 18 fishers’ groups

Biodiversity: No-take zones, sustainable fishing methods


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 Equator Prize 2010

Asia And The Pacific

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Marine and Coastal Resource Management


Contact Information

Saharuddin Usmi
KOMUNTO secretariat
Desa Waha
Kecamatan Tomia
Kabupaten Wakatobi, Indonesia
Tel: 62 856 962 36610


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