USAID SEA has released a series of infographics to promote responsible visitor behavior in the recently established Rao Island-Dehegila Cape Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Morotai, North Maluku Province. USAID SEA, through its implementing partner Marine Change, conducted on 23 July a webinar to present the infographics to wider public.
The infographics were developed as a follow-up to a carrying capacity assessment conducted by the Project in October 2019, which provided baseline information on dive sites in Morotai and an estimate of the maximum number of divers that each site could accommodate.
The assessment report and newly developed infographics describe best practices in MPA management, particularly those that aim to address any negative impacts that tourism in the area might have on the environment. As well as promoting sustainable tourism practices, the infographics are designed to promote Morotai’s dive sites to a wider audience, help dive and tour operators provide accurate information on what guests can expect when visiting, and educate tourists, private operators, communities and government on the importance of protecting the sites.