MRPAI is a Marine Protected Area (MPA). An MPA by definition is a part of the ocean that is protected under law and managed through a zoning system that places limits on human activity.
More than 1.2 million hectares in the Anambas Islands region has been designated as Marine Recreational Park Anambas Islands (MRPAI), making Anambas one of the largest conservation areas in Indonesia. Despite being a protected area, the Anambas marine ecosystem is not immune to environmental problems like global warming and marine litter. In addition, the coral reefs are still recovering from destructive fishing practices of the past. Coral fragments and fishing nets found in several locations are proof that the area needs marine conservation.
The Anambas Foundation is committed to protecting and rehabilitating the marine ecosystem around the Anambas Islands through our Marine Conservation programme. We work together with the local community, government, and other marine conservation organisations as well as relevant stakeholders.
The Marine Conservation programme started on Bawah Island in 2018, focusing on reef health monitoring, coral transplantation, artificial reefs, turtle conservation, and education. Two years later, in 2020, the Foundation embarked on a new journey of expanding this programme to Kiabu Village, located near Bawah Island.