The Bird’s Head Seascape (BHS) sits in the global epicenter of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle, in northwest Papua Barat, Indonesia. With over 1,700 recorded species of coral reef fishes and more than 600 species of hard coral, the BHS has the highest coral reef diversity recorded for an area of its size anywhere in the world. The Seascape contains critical habitats for globally threatened marine species, including the largest Pacific leatherback turtle nesting site in the world, green and hawksbill turtle nesting sites, and migratory populations of sperm and Bryde’s whales, orcas and numerous dolphin species.
The coral reefs and mangrove forests of the BHS are the life support system of the people of West Papua, providing a significant source of protein, jobs in marine tourism, and coastal protection from storms and tsunamis. While the ecosystems within the seascape are still relatively intact, certain areas were previously impacted by destructive fishing methods, and the threats of overfishing and poorly planned coastal development remain.
Strategy for Achieving Results:
Design each MPA to deliver sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation, with at least 20 percent of all critical habitats protected in no-take zones
Develop co-management systems with local communities, governments and partners, providing effective monitoring, enforcement and outreach
Build local capacity to manage the Seascape’s rich natural resources by hiring, empowering and training local Papuan staff
Embed the MPA network within sound fisheries and coastal development policies, innovative environmental education systems, and necessary infrastructure and facilities, with a strong focus on encouraging green economic growth
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
The dataset is constantly being updated and we welcome visitors to the site to provide
feedback and update content by creating a member account on MPAtlas today.