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PROTECTING OCEANS: TELLING THE STORY OF THE GUARDIANS IN RAJA AMPAT

6/18/2014

PROTECTING OCEANS: TELLING THE STORY OF THE GUARDIANS IN RAJA AMPAT

6/18/2014

Coastal areas where water meets land – and human populations – are the places where we can make the greatest impact in preserving sea life and ensuring healthy ecosystems. Indonesia has thousands of islands with vast coastal areas making it critical for conservation efforts.

Paul G. Allen and Vulcan have been exploring and protecting our world’s oceans for decades, and their latest philanthropic effort supports conservation in a particularly interesting area in Indonesia.

Located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat -- meaning the Four Kings -- is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands. Its cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau, creating the largest marine national park in Indonesia.

Research suggests that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. This makes the region a lure for divers and fishermen, and also a place crucial to preserve.

Partnering with Conservation International and other organizations, Vulcan is helping Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller, two critically-acclaimed photographers, filmmakers and marine conservationists bring their upcoming film “Guardians of Raja Ampat” to the people of the region.   

The film is narrated in Bahasa Indonesian and will highlight the efforts of local communities as they protect their marine treasures. The project will also create a mobile theater, so that the film can be shown in villages throughout the region with the hopes to spur local guardianship.

To learn more about the project read this post by Shawn Heinrichs and watch the film teaser:

Guardians of Raja Ampat - Teaser from Blue Sphere Media on Vimeo.

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