Marine Reserves

The Indonesian archipelago lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle. Home to over 30 percent of the world's corals, the area has the highest biodiversity of coral and fish in the world, earmarked for conservation.

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.