Cendrawasih Bay | WWF Indonesia

Cendrawasih Bay

Cendrawasih Bay National Park is the largest marine national park in Indonesia. The 1,453,500 hectare Cendrawasih Bay National Park is located in the western part of the bay (equal to a quarter of Netherlands total area). The park was declared as a Marine National Park on 2 September 1993 by the Decree of Ministry of Forestry No. 472/Kpts-II/1993. 95 percents of total area is waters (coral and seas) and the rest covers large mainland occupying 68,200 hectares (islands and coast line).

Administratively, the National Park is located in the area of Wondama Bay regency, West Papua Province, and Nabire Regency, Papua Province

The endangered species are Dugong(Dugong dugon), Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Sperm Whale (Physeter catodon), Sun Fish (Mola mola), Nicobar Pigeon (Chaleonas nicobarica) and four of seven sea turtle species in Indonesia.

In Cendrawasih Bay National Park, WWF-Indonesia works to stabilize area plan and utilization by promoting monitoring implementation for all biological aspects and natural resources utilization. WWF also enhances collective awareness to reduce illegal and destructive fishing.

A rapid ecological assessment conducted by Conservation International as a part of Ecosystem Based Management of Bird Head Seascape has recorded several high marine biodiversity patterns. In the future, this study will also be used as a reference to set up zonation.

After the MoU regarding collaborative management of Cendrawasih Bay area and Wondama Bay Regency has been agreed on, in the end of 2008 an MoU was signed by WWF-Indonesia and State Univeristy of Papua to enhance research and area development in Cendrawasih Bay National Park. WWF identified spawning aggregation sites (SPAG) in Nusambier Island and Auri Island and proposed them as marine zone which are urgenltly needed protection.

At the period of October to November 2008, patrol team from Cendrawasih Bay National Park Office discovered track of turtle in Wairundi Island. The track helped monitor turtle migration track which has been an important issue in the world conservation turtles.

WWF-Indonesia has also promoted law reinforcement regarding illegal trade of endangered marine species as a conservation commitment which has been put in the front. Support from local community is a public appreciation for conservation practice in marine protected area.