Indonesia has designated 19.14 million hectares of its waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as of December 2017— or 96 percent of its commitment to set aside 20 million hectares by 2020. Capacity and finances are crucial to the success in protecting Indonesia’s MPAs. Personnel ability and efficient funding of MPAs could influence the numbers of protected fish species - even more than the size of MPAs, longevity, or fishing bans.
MPA investments in Indonesia supports significant ecological, social, and economic benefits. Progress is made to ensure that existing MPAs or those yet to be gazetted will be well-resourced.