More than 30 years ago, Dutchman and history enthusiast Max Ammer received a lead from his thenlandlord, a war veteran, about submerged WWII aircraft in the waters of Indonesia. The tip led him to what would become a four-month-long diving expedition through various archipelagos, consulting local fishermen along the way. During his journey, one place stood out from the rest: Raja Ampat, in Indonesia’s West Papua Province.
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area Network spans over 4 million hectares and includes around 1,500 islands. Credited with having the richest marine biodiversity on Earth and relatively remote location that has allowed it to escape mass tourism, it’s no surprise that Raja Ampat is often marketed as “the last paradise on Earth.” It’s home to more than 1,600 species of fish, while some 75% of the world’s known coral species can be found there.
Enticing local communities to become active members of the conservation effort has been key to its success. ‘The parks employ locals to survey and protect the areas. They preserve local indigenous knowledge, values and traditional practices such as “Sasi,” which refers to the age-old local tradition of sequestering areas to allow ecosystems to recover. “You’ve got to start with communities and ensure your solutions suit their needs. The goal is to support their self-determined commitments to protect their place, so the solution is sustainable and benefits local people and biodiversity,” says Irmadhiany. Their efforts are paying off. Earlier this year, the Raja Ampat Marine Parks Network which includes to protected areas spanning more than two million hectares was issued the Blue Parks Award. Organized by Marine Conservation International and endorsed by the United Nations, the annual award recognizes marine parks around the world for meeting the highest science-based standards for conservation effectiveness.
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