INDONESIA, Saukabu Village and Saupapir Village, Fam Besar Island; and Pam Village, Fam Island; Fam Island Group, Raja Ampat, West Papua - June 2012
Solar power for a junior high school and construction of a community patrolled guard-post/lookout tower in exchange for support of two-newly created “no-take” marine areas totaling 58,000 hectares (143,321 acres) for a minimum duration of 25 years.
The Fam Island Group covers approximately 1,500 square kilometres (579 square miles) and lies at the western entrance of Raja Ampat’s Dampier Strait. There are 13 main islands, a number of smaller islands, rocky outcrops and patch reefs. The area is known for its exceptional marine biodiversity and low human population density. It is also a target for illegal and destructive fishing, including bomb fishing, by outsiders. There are only three villages located in the Fam Island Group. The largest village of Pam is located on Fam Island. Two smaller villages of Saukabu and Saupapir are located on nearby Fam Besar Island. In 2011 the traditional owners of the Fam Island Group signed a marine conservation agreement to set aside a “no-take” zone totalling 58,000 hectares (143,321 acres) of pristine islands, reef, sea mounts and ocean in two separate locations for 25 years. The Penemu “no-take” area comprises 8,000 hectares (19,768 acres), and the Bambu “no-take” area comprises 50,000 hectares (123,553 acres). The agreement is with Sea Sanctuaries Trust (www.seasanctuaries.org), a UK-based conservation organization committed solely to the protection of this area. Seacology is funding solar power for the junior high school (which is used by students from all three villages), as well as the construction of a guard/lookout tower for monitoring and enforcement in exchange for the support of these newly-created “no-take” marine areas. *