Western Papua has the highest marine biodiversity on the planet, and supports communities highly dependent on marine resources. The region is Indonesia’s highest priority for marine biodiversity conservation, and boasts tremendous opportunities for effective coral reef and tropical fisheries co-management. I will provide highlights and lessons learned about a large-scale collaboration between local governments, international NGOs, nearby communities, and involved donor foundations, to monitor and safeguard marine resources in Raja Ampat, West Papua.
Crissy Huffard is a research specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology