Raja Ampat: Protecting Biodiverse Coral Reefs

A Documentary Film – Raja Ampat 2009

Coral Reefs of Raja Ampat.

Coral Reefs of Raja Ampat.

Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat, Indonesia are possibly the richest in the world. The area’s massive coral colonies show that its reefs are facing threats like coral bleaching and disease—threats that now jeopardize the survival of corals around the world. In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems from Palmyra to Hawaii.

 

Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and ability to replenish reefs make it a global priority for marine protection. Though human impacts there are less severe than elsewhere in Indonesia, Raja Ampat’s natural resources are endangered by overfishing and destructive fishing, turtle poaching, and unsustainable logging.

To address these issues, The Baum Foundation created a documentary film about a survey conducted around the Coral Triangle. The Baum Foundation produced a short public service film to increase the awareness amongst islanders, the Indonesian government, and the general public of the importance of this area as an invaluable source of biodiversity.

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