Capacity Development for Coral Reef Science and Conservation in the Bird’s Head Seascape

Duke University, in collaboration with UNIPA and WWF-US, with the support of the Walton Family Foundation, are conducting scientific monitoring, research, and communication of results from the long-term monitoring in the Bird’s Head Seascape (BHS), and streamlining data management processes to support the continuity of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program.

The Bird’s Head Seascape of West Papua, Indonesia, encompasses more than 2,500 islands spread across 225,000 square km, is home to approximately 75% of the world’s scleractinian coral species and provides critical habitat for threatened sea turtles and cetaceans. BHS supports the livelihoods and food security of approximately 350,000 people in coastal communities. It is critical to maintain the health and productivity of BHS to continue to sustain coastal livelihoods in the region.

Read more on the Marine Conservation Evidence website and the Bird’s Head Seascape website.