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. It boasts 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.
The people of Deer, Dibalal, and Tolobi have committed to setting aside 41,360 acres of their existing marine protected area as no-take for 10 years. With help from the Nature Conservancy Coral Triangle Center – Raja Ampat Program, Seacology will provide textbooks, sports equipment, and teaching materials for the villages’ elementary school. A grant will also fund a solar-powered refrigerator for their healthcare centers and some basic medical equipment.