Expedition to the Raja Ampat Islands: Jewel of the Coral Triangle

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Published on December 3rd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  


Just the name Raja Ampat conjures up all sorts of exotic images — idyllic islands, lush tropical forests, and spectacular coral reefs in the midst of the Coral Triangle.

In Bahasa Indonesian, the name Raja Ampat means “Four Kings.” How appropriate for the breathtakingly beautiful islands that comprise the highest marine biodiversity on earth.

Over the last six years, The Nature Conservancy has been working towards protecting the unique biodiversity of this extraordinary place by designing and implementing a resilient network of marine protected areas (MPAs).  Once established, the MPA network will ensure the sustainable use and management of the fisheries resources in Raja Ampat, and the health and prosperity of the local communities who rely on them.

Within the Raja Ampat Islands, the Conservancy’s conservation efforts are focused on two areas, Kofiau and Southeast Misool, both of which have been identified as top priorities for marine conservation by global coral reef experts.

I’ve just arrived in Southeast Misool to help train our field team in coral reef monitoring methods. Over the next couple of weeks, the team will use these methods to assess coral reef health, refine the information required for the MPA network design and provide a baseline survey for measuring success of the MPA network.

Stay tuned for news of our adventures here as we explore some of the highest diversity reefs on the planet.

(Image: Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia. Credit: Andreas Muljadi/TNC.)

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Comments: Expedition to the Raja Ampat Islands: Jewel of the Coral Triangle

  •  Comment from tempo dulu

    Wow! That is one place in Indonesia I have always wanted to go. Here in Bali the coral reefs on the north of the island are in good condition and what is pleasing is the fact that the government has successfully put an end to dynamite fishing which was so destructive. More info on the condition of the reefs at the Raja Ampat Islands would of course be appreciated. Thanks.

  •  Comment from Alison Green

    Thanks Tempo. That’s ewonderful news about an end to dynamite fishing in your area!

  •  Comment from erdi

    hi team,
    i will miss all of you.
    have a wonderful trip yah

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