Raja Ampat Environmental Watch App
A long awaited method for reporting Environmental Abuse within Raja Ampat and it’s MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) has finally been realized.
Through the tireless work of Stay Raja Ampat (SRA) and the Asosiasi Usaha Homestay Lokal Kabupaten Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat Homestay Association), a protocol for reporting both the good and the bad is now available.
(SRA is a not-for-profit website dedicated to helping Papuan communities achieve their VISION FOR LIFE by promoting their efforts to build a sustainable Eco-tourism industry in Raja Ampat. SRA and the Raja Ampat Homestay Association is supported by Seventythree, a BHS partner.)
The following is an overview of what the app hopes to achieve and how you can, and need, to be a part of it:
Raja Ampat Environment Watch is a crowd-sourcing solution to help protect Raja Ampat’s beautiful and fragile marine and terrestrial environments. The Raja Ampat archipelago and its Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are huge, and the organisations tasked with their protection don’t have the resources to ensure 100% monitoring coverage. Raja Ampat Environment Watch makes it possible for everyone to help. Please feel free to share, publicise and link to it. The more Watchers, the better! Have you witnessed events or conditions in Raja Ampat that gave you cause for concern, whether they be marine or terrestrial abuses, and wished you knew who to report to? Raja Ampat Environment Watch will forward your (anonymised) report to the appropriate Raja Ampat government body and/or local organisation for action. What about the positive; have you witnessed rare sightings of marine life or reef & fisheries recovery? The App is for reporting the good stuff too!
Remember: as a visitor you are part of the conservation team that helps protect and preserve the invaluable resource that is Raja Ampat and the BHS. Use this site to report abuse; together we can make Raja and the BHS the world’s best conservation success story!