FAKFAK, PAPUA BARAT – The Berau Bay and Nusalasi Bay -Van Den Bosch Coastal Park Conservation Area management is collaborating with Conservation International (CI) Indonesia, a USAID-Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) project partner in Fakfak, and the Kalabia Indonesia Foundation carried out Conservation and Environmental Education program for elementary school students in Distrik Arguni and Distrik Kokas, Fakfak, West Papua.
This program called “Learning while Playing on the Kalabia Boat” started on 1st March until 7th March 2019. The Kalabia ship sailed and stop at Kokas District and Arguni Districts, Fakfak and delivered Conservation and Environmental Education on board for these young students.
This program is part of conservation efforts that is managed by Berau Bay and Nusalasi Bay -Van Den Bosch Coastal Park Conservation Area, under the Marine and Fisheries Service of West Papua Province and Fakfak Regency. Environmental education aims to increase the knowledge of Fakfak’s children as future conservationists regarding the importance of conservation and safeguarding of natural resources in the Bird’s Head Seascape, West Papua.
“This activity is one of the strategies to strengthen regional resource management to protect biodiversity, aquatic and coastal ecosystems, and small islands of the Coastal Park in Fakfak Regency,” said Rahel Randa, Conservation Section Head of the West Papua Province Marine and Fisheries Service.
In his remarks at the opening ceremony on March 1st 2019, the Deputy Regent of Fakfak Abraham Sopaheluwakan expressed his appreciation for this event “Garbage, for example, is a big issue in Fakfak. However, there is a growing public awareness with interesting messages about protecting the environment and disposing garbage. With this education, it is hoped that the children of Fakfak will care, love, and safeguard the environment and continue doing the existing efforts to protect environment”
The local government provides the Kalabia Boat to be used for training and education activities for young children in the West Papua region on environmental issues. This Learning while Playing on the Kalabia ship itself is a series of interactive activities where students learn about seabed biology, ecology, and conservation issues. Through direct exploration, young students gained basic knowledge on how ecosystems work, the functions of coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass ecosystems. Moreover, they also learned about the web of life, carrying capacity, and the benefits of respecting the no-take zone within the Fakfak marine protected area.
“Kalabia ship that operates in Raja Ampat have been facilitating environmental education to children in Raja Ampat. This is the first time we sailed in Fakfak. We chose to sail in Fakfak because we see its great potential of natural resources and is important to safeguard them. Through this activity, we support marine conservation in Fakfak, “concluded the Executive Director of the Kalabia Indonesia Foundation, Abraham Goram Gaman.
Photo credit: Conservation International (CI) Indonesia