Our Community Work

Raja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to local communities in small villages throughout the archipelago. These reefs also support a healthy tourism economy providing livelihoods to significant portion of the community.Whilst at a glance Raja Ampat and the Dampier Strait region appears a tropical paradise where a lucrative tourism market exists, local villages are still undeveloped with limited infrastructure for basic services such as running water, power supply, education and healthcare. A large percentage of village populations are children, and most adults do not have a “paid job” but rather live simply; fishing for sustenance and participating in the construction and maintenance of village infrastructure. Support is needed in all areas in order to address these issues and improve living standards; without compromising the traditional way of life or impacting the marine environment upon which they depend for daily sustenance and survival.

Objectives

To provide sustainable livelihoods to a significant part of the local population.

One the main aims of our community work is to continue to provide sustainable livelihoods, through work skills training and employment. Currently, approximately 70% of Papua Explorers Resort staff are Papuan from our neighbouring village of Yenwaupnor, and villages within the region. Where possible it is our preference to train and employ local staff before recruiting from elsewhere outside of the region. Local community members are employed in roles in the kitchen, housekeeping, boat crew, captains and dive guides. The majority of these staff have been trained “from scratch”, and have now acquired respectable sets of workplace skills, and commendable levels of English comprehension and language.

Status

Papua Explorers Resort

Papua Explorers Resort currently employs 51 staff members from Raja Ampat on a permanent working contract. For local community members, this means job skills training, a secure job close to home, and a sustainable livelihood and income for them and their immediate family. An additional 10 daily workers are provided work at the resort, for special projects as needed. www.papuaexplorers.com

Other Projects

Yaf Keru Our Coral Garden

yaf-keru-our-coral-gardenRaja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to local communities in small

Yaf Keru Our Coral Garden

Yaf Keru Our Coral GardenRaja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to

Eyes On The Reef

Eyes on the Reef – Megafauna MonitoringOur location on the southern coast of Gam Island sees us situated in the heart of a Marine Protected Area, and an area also designated as a shark sanctuary. The establishment of these zones has been so far very successful in protecting the area, and aiding the recovery of

Manta Sandy Ranger Station

Manta Sandy Ranger StationManta Sandy is a well-known cleaning station in the Dampier Strait region. Known for its regular sightings of mantas during the season, it has become a ‘must see’ dive site for all operators, and a location suitable for scientists and film-makers to observe these stunning creatures. However, this high and ever increasing

Sea Centre Kids

SEA Centre KidsTo love and protect something, one must understand it. And to understand something, one must be aware of it. It is easy to assume that a child growing up in Raja Ampat will have seen all the marine life, know alot about the reef, and understand the ways of them all. However, this

Our Community Work

Our Community WorkRaja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to local communities

Raja Ampat Crown of Thorns Response

Click Here to Record a COTs a Removal EventYour input will help to manage COTs in Raja Ampat Marine ParkThe crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a species native to coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. One of the largest starfish in the world, it grows rapidly up to 60cm in diameter, and derives its name