BHS Fact Sheet 2012
west and the Fakfak-Kaimana coastline in the south, sitting firmly in the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. These reefs and mangrove forests are the life support
system for the people of the BHS. They provide food, jobs, and protection from storms and rising seas for more than 761,000 people. Sadly, these vital resources
are under threat. Thanks to strong partnerships, engaged local governments and communities, more than 3.5 million hectares spanning 12 Marine Protected Areas (MPA)
across the BHS is now protected. But to secure the health of these vital resources for the people of the BHS, there is still much more to do.