Kofiau Islands Villages

June 2007

Conservation benefit: Creation of a 41,360-acre no-take marine reserve for 10 years

Community benefit: Medical equipment, textbooks, and equipment for three villages

Kofiau is located in the geographic center of the Raja Ampat Archipelago in Papua, Indonesia. There are 43 islands in Kofiau, with a total land area of 55,735 acres and 206,802 acres of marine area. The land area includes a tropical rainforest with an endemic species of butterfly, the Kofiau black-backed monarch, the rare Kofiau paradise-kingfisher, and the endemic Kofiau green tree python. The marine area encompasses fringing reefs, barrier reefs, atolls, and mangroves, and some of the highest marine diversity recorded anywhere on the planet. There are only three small villages in Kofiau: Deer, Dibalal, and Tolobi, each on its own island.

With the assistance of the Nature Conservancy Coral Triangle Center – Raja Ampat Program, Seacology will provide to the people of Deer, Dibalal, and Tolobi textbooks, sports equipment, and teaching materials for their elementary school as well as a solar-powered refrigerator for their healthcare centers and some basic medical equipment. In exchange, they will set aside 41,360 acres of their existing marine protected area as no-take for a minimum of 10 years.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Project Updates
June 2009
As of April 2009 the schools in Deer, Dibalal and Tolobi have completed new cabinets for the school books. The community has also purchased the back-up batteries for the solar-chill refrigerators....
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January 2009
In late 2007, the Kofiau Marine Protected Area was officially endorsed. As of November 2008 all equipment was delivered and installed. The community is planning to purchase back-up batteries for...
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May 2008
As of March 2008, one refrigerator had been delivered, but the other two orders were delayed in lieu of purchasing school books first. The books were delivered in March 2008. The final stage of...
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October 2007
As of August 2007, the village was ready to purchase the solar power refrigerators to prepare for a long transportation time. They expect one refrigerator of the three to be installed by October...
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