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raja ampatAchieving Fisheries and Conservation Objectives within Marine Protected Areas: Zoning the Raja Ampat Network Report, August 2012

Raja Ampat is located on the northwestern tip of Papua in eastern Indonesia and lies within the Bird's Head Seascape at the heart of the Coral Triangle. This region comprises 4.5 million hectares of ocean, small islands and coral reefs. Raja Ampat is a national and global priority for conservation as it contains the world's most diverse coral reefs and critical habitats for globally threatened marine species, and is a cetacean migratory corridor.
The region's rich coastal and marine resources, a primary source of food and income for local communities, also make it a target for economic development ranging from fisheries and marine tourism to oil and gas extraction, mining and logging. As a result local governments in this region are facing difficult decisions in their attempt to balance sustainable development with conservation of globally significant marine diversity.
Marine conservation and sustainable resource management in Raja Ampat are high priorities for the national, provincial and regency governments. The Raja Ampat MPA network is made up of seven marine protected areas (MPAs) under regency or national jurisdiction which together currently encompass 1,185,940 ha. Management plans for the five regency MPAs will include multiple use zoning plans.
This report describes a process conducted to support the development of zoning plans for Raja Ampat's MPA network.
A related case study can be downloaded here