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Fafanlap Village


Conservation benefit: 99,583-acre no-take marine area for 14 years

Community benefit: Community center/kindergarten

Date Approved: 06.2011


This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

The village of Fafanlap is located on the edge of the spectacular southeast Misool region of the Raja Ampat Archipelago. Three families in Fafanlap Village (as well as in Usaha Jaya Village) have traditional ownership of a vast marine area. The area has tremendous biodiversity, encompassing remote fringing coral reefs, seamounts, and fish-rich pelagic waters. They have already leased part of this area (90,440 acres) to the Misool Eco Resort as a no-take reserve for 25 years.

Now, the villagers have agreed to turn the marine waters they own around the Daram Islands into an additional 99,583-acre (40,300-hectare) no-take area for 14 years. According to Papuan tradition, an agreement is accepted only when benefits are spread out to everyone. The village leaders have determined that a community building would solidify support for the no-take zone among all the villagers. They will use the new community center for village meetings and events, as well as for a kindergarten.

Misool Eco Resort and WildAid, with support from the Walton Family Foundation, a major funder of the project, will help the villagers patrol the no-take area. Seacology is pleased to announce that this is the first project funded by our Sylvia Earle Marine Conservation Fund. This special fund is dedicated to Dr. Earle’s vision of a global network of marine protected areas.

Project Updates

May 2017

A third teacher, whose salary is paid by the local government, has been posted to the school–good news because getting teachers’ salaries paid has been an ongoing issue.

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October 2012

Thirty children are enrolled in the kindergarten, and more are expected. Ranger patrols of the no-take area are also going well, with three base camps built and being manned at all times.

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June 2012

Construction of the community building in Fafanlap village is complete, and community members are working on building furniture for the building. The kindergarten is expected to be up and running in the next few months.

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December 2011

Much progress made since the first installment for the project was transferred in October 2011. Supplies have been purchased from the nearest town of Sorong and transported, which takes several days by supply boat. The community has already constructed the concrete footings and is working on the wood framework of the building. Very fast progress has been made considering the remote location of this village.

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