Conservation issues

Coral Reef Health

A Raja Ampat Quicklook  by Phil Dustan Dec 2018

A discussion about coral reef vitality and the impact of development on the coral reefs of Raja Ampat, West Papua

"Provinsi Konservasi" - Short Version

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Conservation orginizations

Conservation in action

The Bird’s Head Seascape Initiative was launched in 2004 and is among the world’s most ambitious community-based conservation programs. Together with over 30 partners — including the people of West Papua, the government of Indonesia, The Nature Conservancy and WWF — CI created a network of 12 marine protected areas (MPAs) covering more than 3.6 million hectares (8.89 million acres). These MPAs employ local people to survey and protect coasts, reefs and fish, empowering communities to protect and sustainably manage their resources and their livelihoods. Since the initiative’s inception, fish populations have rebounded; sharks, whales and rays have returned; poaching by outside fishers is down 90%; coral is recovering; and ecotourism has flourished.


Called Bank Sampah in Indonesian, the Misool Community Recycling Project incentivizes small communities to properly dispose of waste.  Misool Foundation purchases 36 types of rubbish directly from underserved coastal communities.  The waste materials are collected and then shipped back to mainland, where the goods are sorted, cleaned, chipped, and packed for recycling.


Bank Sampah members can choose to be either paid directly for their waste, or to leave the funds in the 'bank' and collect interest at a later date.


The Misool Community Recycling Project collects 700 tons of rubbish each year.


Misool Foundation (called Yayasan Misool Baseftin in Indonesian) is the registered charity arm of the private island resort, Misool.  The organisation has a proven track record of delivering measurable conservation results in some of the most remote and challenging locations in the world. At the core of our operation is the belief that sustainable tourism and community-based conservation are mutually beneficial.  We seek to demonstrate to our local hosts, government, guests, and ourselves that sustainable tourism can provide a better life than logging, mining, or overfishing.

Misool Foundation is now expanding its mission to address pressing conservation issues across Indonesia, by developing programs and campaigns focused on safeguarding threatened species and important marine habitats.


Kalabia is a floating environmental education program engaging the natural curiosity of children to teach conservation in raja ampat, west papua, indonesia.


The Kalabia Environmental Education initiative builds community knowledge and awareness, pride, love, and a sense of ownership and responsibility for local marine resources.


By changing attitudes and behaviour, Kalabia inspires conservation of globally-important ecosystems in the heart of the Coral Triangle, and ensures food security and increased well-being for local residents.


Manta and devil rays are among the most charismatic creatures in our oceans. With the largest brain of all fish, their intelligence and curiosity make encounters with these animals a truly amazing experience. Despite their popularity with divers and snorkelers, many aspects of their lives remain a mystery. More worryingly, targeted and bycatch fisheries for these animals have had devastating impacts on populations around the world. Manta and devil rays have arguably become some of the most threatened fish in our seas.


The Manta Trust was founded in order to turn the tide for these enigmatic rays, by co-ordinating global research and conservation efforts around manta rays, their relatives, and their habitats.


Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre

The RARCC engages indigenous communities in the deployment of financial self-reliant projects and small businesses which stimulate conservation and protection for the present and future generations of the Raja Ampat archipelago.  Involving local indigenous communities in both marine tourism and environmental initiatives is the key to sustainability and success.  The RARCC is a Dutch registered PBO (non-profit organization) as well as an Indonesian registered foundation (Yayasan).  Working with like-minded persons and organizations, the RARCC offers a well-established base to conduct environmental research, community development projects and work on conservation initiatives.


Child Aid Papua is a non-profit, public benefit organization and was founded under the name 'Yayasan Cahaya Anak Papua' in May 2018 in the province of West-Papua, Indonesia. The charity is systematically pursuing its vision and making an important contribution in the area by increasing the level of education, helping out with healthcare as well as raise awareness regarding important environmental issues for the local communities in Raja Ampat

The charity Child Aid Papua strives for following missions in its daily work by:

 Providing unique perspectives for children and young people through education and coaching

 Sensitize local children and adolescents to important environmental issues

Implement environmental protection projects with the locals of Raja Ampat

Develop and implement health programs that have a positive impact on the quality of life of children and adolescents


Marine conservation and sustainable resource management in Raja Ampat are high priorities for the national, provincial and regional governments.  With the acknowledgement that the region contains a rich natural state found nowhere else in the world, government and local communities, in collaboration with Conservation International(CI), The Nature Conservancy(TNC) and Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF) established a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) under the jurisdiction of central and provincial governments.Raja Ampat’s first MPA was established in 2004, with the most recent established in 2019.  These MPAs now encompass 2,000,109 hectares, and all MPAs include multiple use zones that regulate  activities that are permitted and forbidden within their boundaries.


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