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Kalabia Conservation Education Fact Sheet 2010
In 2004, Conservation International (CI) began a major marine conservation initiative, working with partners to safeguard Raja Ampat’s globally significant biodiversity and ensure that local communities derive sustainable livelihoods from their rich marine resources. One of the major problems is that young fishers are generally more skeptical of the need for marine conservation efforts and are most likely to engage in high-yield, yet destructive, fishing practices such as bomb and cyanide fishing. To tackle this problem, CI and our partner The Nature Conservancy (TNC) launched a comprehensive marine conservation education program for school children and young adults in the 103 villages of Raja Ampat. Given the remoteness of these villages, we employed an innovative platform for delivery of this education program—a 34-meter converted tuna long-liner vessel, the MV Kalabia – that visits each of the villages in turn for three days and serves as a -floating education center.