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    ​The richest marine biodiversity in the world and one of the most compelling conservation victories

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        The crystalline waters of the Bird’s Head region in West Papua, Indonesia, teem with life. This region, the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world, boasts phenomenally high concentrations of marine species, including iconic species such as whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles. The area thrives, providing food and income for the 760,000 Indonesians who live along its shores.

        But that wasn’t always the case: A little over a decade ago, this underwater paradise was decimated by unregulated commercial fishing, poaching and damaging practices such as dynamite fishing. By the 1990s, some fisheries were reporting a decline of up to 90% catch per unit effort.

        The waters of the Bird’s Head were brought to the brink of ruin — and for 12 years, Conservation International (CI) has been working to bring them back, working alongside the communities that depend upon them.

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        EditText:Covering an area the size of Great Britain, the waters of Indonesia’s Bird’s Head region include more than 2,500 islands and reefs.

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          EditText:Bird’s Head’s islands boast the biggest remaining nesting beaches for the critically endangered Pacific Leatherback turtle, the largest and fastest-swimming turtle in the world.
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          EditImage Alt Text:Soft coral grows close to the coastal mangroves, which provide protection from storm surge, habitat for juvenile fish and food for communities.
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          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.

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            EditSection Title:Creating Protected Areas
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            EditImage Description:Pristine lagoons wind through the limestone islands of the Bird's Head region.
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            Protected areas created in a transparent and collaborative process can help to alleviate conflict while managing natural resources and conserving biodiversity in some of the most endangered places on Earth — including our seas.

            Working with 150 partners, Conservation International has helped to secure the protection of 5.2 million hectares (12.8 million acres) of sea have been protected and 22 million hectares (54.4 million acres) strengthened in four “seascape” areas: Abrolhos, Bird’s Head, Sulu-Sulawesi and Eastern Tropical Pacific.

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            Conservation International is grateful to work in close partnership with the people of West Papua, the government of Indonesia, The Nature Conservancy, WWF and more than thirty other partners. Special thanks to The Walton Family Foundation for its long-standing support of the Bird's Head Seascape Initiative.

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            EditImage Alt Text:Raja Ampat Communities Embracing Manta Tourism.
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            EditImage Alt Text:Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago
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            EditImage Alt Text:Hawksbill Turtle Shot in West Papua Province, Indonesia
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