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EditPhoto Title:The Ocean
EditPhoto Description:“One way or another, every living thing here needs me.”
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EditText:90% of the world’s wild caught fisheries are fully fished or overfished


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EditText:1 Billion (3 in 7) people rely on seafood as their main source of protein


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EditText:Less than 3% of the ocean is protected
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EditHeader:Protecting the Global Epicenter of Marine Biodiversity
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    One in seven people depend on fish for their basic protein, and 350 million jobs worldwide depend on the marine sector. In Indonesia — the second-biggest seafood producer in the world — Conservation International is helping to ensure that the ocean provides the resources we need now and in the future.

    Home to more marine species than any other region, the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua, Indonesia, represents the global epicenter of oceanic biodiversity. It’s a paradise that was almost lost.

    In the early 1990s, local fishermen were ill-prepared to compete with an influx of poachers lured by Papua’s seemingly endless resources. Using fish bombs, cyanide and long-lines, poachers ignored the traditional ownership rights of indigenous communities — and fish populations plummeted. To compete, many Papuans had little choice but to employ the same destructive practices.

    Over the past decade, CI has worked with thousands of local people — almost all of them indigenous Papuans — to help transform the seascape from a playground for poachers to one of the Earth’s healthiest and most productive marine environments.

    By showing local indigenous leaders like Kristian Thebu how conservation efforts reinforce traditional ownership rights, communities were motivated to establish the largest marine protected-area network and no-fishing zones in all of Southeast Asia. To guard against poachers, local teams began to patrol the protected areas. Poaching by outsiders has been reduced by more than 90 percent, enabling corals, fish and the local economy to all rebound.

    Now, under CI’s leadership, the region is poised to become Indonesia’s first sustainably financed network of marine protected areas, serving as a model to inspire and inform others. “Through the generations, we passed down a traditional resource management system called ‘sasi’ that ensured each generation was always left with enough,” Thebu said. Now that is possible again.

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    EditImage Alt Text:Manta expedition team on the Inbekwan research vessel.
    EditTitle:What’s Next?

    The future of Bird’s Head Seascape looks bright thanks to Conservation International’s involvement in two key developments in 2015. The first was the local government’s declaration of West Papua as a “conservation province,” a legal framework to ensure that economic development in the province doesn’t damage the environment. CI is providing technical support as the regulations are written.

    Also in 2015, CI launched the Blue Abadi Fund — “abadi” means “forever” in Indonesian — to fund the long-term protection of the seascape. Early financial support from the Government of Indonesia and CI has set a promising course, but more funding will be needed to protect this singular reservoir of tropical marine species in perpetuity.

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      EditTitle:Spotlight on Science

      Ocean Health Index

      Conservation International is a founding partner of the Ocean Health Index, the first assessment tool that scientifically measures key elements from all dimensions of the ocean’s health — biological, physical,economic and social — to assess how sustainably people are using the ocean. More than 65 scientists and partners worked together to develop the Index, which provides an annual assessment of ocean health using information from over 120 scientific databases. We work to update scientific methodology with the latest techniques, produce annual updates and work with governments and universities to apply the Index on a regional or local scale.

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      More Stories from the 2015 Annual Report

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      EditCaption Title:The Soil
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      EditCaption Title:The Rainforest
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      EditCaption Title:Our Partners
      EditCaption Description:By engaging with companies that have the biggest environmental impacts, Conservation International changing the way the world does business, demonstrating that protecting the planet is good for their bottom lines.
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      EditImage Alt Text:2015 Annual Report
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      EditTweet Text:Less than 3% of the ocean is protected, but poaching has decreased 90% in this area thanks to @ConservationOrg
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      EditLinkedin Title:The Ocean: Conservation International’s 2015 Annual Report
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        EditCall to Action Title:HOW CAN YOU HELP THE OCEAN?
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        Conservation International achieves long-term results through dedicated programs around the world — but we can’t do it alone. When you donate to us, more than 80% of your gift goes toward our vital conservation projects.

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