Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat The Raja Ampat Islands are located in the westernmost part of Papua and span an area of ​​approximately 4.6 million hectares. © Muhammad Barmawir

Raja Ampat Regency covers 4 islands of Salawati, Batanta, Misool and Waigeo. The ocean is well known as the center of global marine biodiversity. YKAN assist the Government of Indonesia in establishing and managing the MPAs of Kofiau and Misool (over 800k ha) since 2002. Our latest work is supporting the establishment of Northern Misool MPA (300k ha) last November 2023.

YKAN works together with the government, locals, and non-profit organizations to establish self-sufficient and self-funded MPAs in Raja Ampat. At present, Raja Ampat is the only MPA in which its management unit (UPTD) is run using the Financial Management Pattern of the Regional Public Service Agency (Badan Layanan Umum Daerah or BLUD). Related information regarding the whole process and dynamics inside the establishment of Raja Ampat’s UPTD-BLUD can be found in Dokumen Proses dan Pembelajaran Pembentukan KKPD Raja Ampat dan Pembentukan BLUD UPTD KKPD Raja Ampat (2015).

At present, YKAN also aids the formulation of studies and documents for the new MPA Management and Zoning Plan in Bird’s Head Seascape, the facilitation of the coordination process in the transfer of management authority from the district level to the provincial level, and the formulation of the draft and legalization process for MPA management regulation by UPTD in Raja Ampat.