Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in the Coral Triangle
As of: April 2021
The project aimed at supporting the establishment of two large Marine Protected Areas in the Savu Sea (Indonesia) and two more in Kimbe Bay in the Bismarck Sea (Papua New Guinea). The objective was to increase the regions’ adaptability to climate change. The approach combined science-based marine protection with community-based measures geared to the needs of the local population. In this way, the project aimed at preserving a robust ecosystem that provides the basis for the sustainable development of neighbouring states.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed
- Two marine protection areas established in the Savu Sea; the creation of a third is underway in Kimbe Bay
- Savu Sea: innovative and participatory planning and management models developed on the basis of key biophysical and socio-economic data with a view to preserving biodiversity in the protected areas and supporting adaptation to climate change
- Kimbe Bay: support provided in the appointment of the multi-stakeholder Kimbe Bay Marine Management Steering Committee; management plans developed and implemented for 14 areas in Kimbe Bay considered worthy of protection in line with the 'MPA network design' (multi-phase, participatory planning process taking into account the impacts of climate change)