The Wildlife Conservation Society has been working in Indonesia since 1965, and established an office in 1992. In 2002 the Marine Program started and has been working with government and community partners to develop networks of marine protected areas in Indonesia. 

WCS has collected biological and socio-economic data from 10 regions in Indonesia and evaluated MPA effectiveness within each of these regions, including four marine National Parks. Our main findings were that small traditionally based MPAs appear to achieving improved conservation of coral reef resources, but there is a long way to go with improvements in coral reefs in large marine national parks (McClanahan et al. 2006).
Marine Indonesia
Our work includes community based and scientific monitoring of marine ecosystems, the development and use of field protocols with governments and communities, the development of ecological and socio-economic database systems and improved management practices for the conservation of marine resources.

We work closely with coastal communities and with the Indonesian government to limit the damage caused by destructive, illegal and unregulated fishing.

How Karimunjawa National Park turned from a leaky ship to a model fishery
As recently as 2004, Karimunjawa National Park was considered as a ‘paper’ park with grim prospects for improvement. Almost 10 years later, Dr. Stuart Campbell revisits the changes that have turned this protected area off the coast of Java into a growing success story. 
Driven to Protect: A family conflict bred from protecting a Sulawesi marine sanctuary
Just off from Bahoi village in North Sulawesi, locals are used to a familiar sight: a middle-aged man setting out using his small motorboat to maintain, clean and repair the marker buoys that delineate the boundary of the village’s 10-hectare sanctuary. But this commitment has not come without sacrifices.
From meatball to symbol of pride: Raising sharks awareness in schools and villages

The waters surrounding Aceh Province’s Weh Island, at the northernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, supports large shark and ray populations. There are no regulations on shark fisheries in these waters and awareness of the need to protect shark species from over fishing and possible local extinction is very low. So WCS turned to a movie to make the case for shark conservation. 

Getting to 20 million: New WCS research aims to complete Indonesia’s MPA quiltwork

A new study by WCS identifies more than 4.5 million hectares of potential Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that can help the Indonesian Government to achieve its target of establishing 20million hectares of MPAs by 2020.

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